December 2017
Delta Township Names Community Center in Honor of Former Supervisor Joseph E. Drolett

(Pictured L to R: Kathy Drolett and Joseph E. Drolett, as they unveiled the resolution, renaming the community center in Joe's honor.)

On Monday, December 18 the Delta Township Board dedicated and renamed the Delta Township Community Center to the Joseph E. Drolett Community Center in honor of former Supervisor Joe Drolett.

Over 150 people attended the event including family, friends, Delta residents and business owners, as well as several current and former dignitaries from across mid-Michigan.

The honorable Janice K. Cunningham, former Delta Township Board member and current Eaton County Circuit Court Judge, along with former Delta Fire Chief Vic Hilbert, and attorney and Chairperson for the Regional Blue Ribbon Panel for the retention of General Motors Jack Davis all spoke of the generosity and many contributions that Drolett made to the Township.

Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher read a resolution passed by the Delta Township Board and presented it to Drolett.

Additionally, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich presented Drolett with the Eaton County Sheriff's Department Arm Patch in honor of his dedication to citizens of Delta and his support of the department.

A copy of the resolution is on display in the Joseph E. Drolett Community Center.  For a full copy of the resolution click here.

Thank you to everyone that attended this special event.  

LBWL to Invest $500 Million in New Delta Based Power Plant
The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced on Monday, December 18 that it will build a new, cleaner, and efficient natural gas-fired power plant in Delta Township.   According to BWL, this $500 million plant will complement the company's investment in renewable energy projects and efficiency programs,  will generate 250 megawatts, and create 1,200 new jobs in construction.

The plant will be located at the location of the current Erickson Power Station facility in Delta Township as part of its Lansing Energy Tomorrow plan.

"The building of this plant is not only a huge win for Delta Township, but for the entire Lansing Region," said Delta Township Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher.  "We welcome these positive energy changes and are extremely fortunate to be part of one of the largest regional economic investments in recent history." 
Cintas Corp. to Invest $17 Million in to Expand in Delta

Delta Township, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
(MEDC), and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced the expansion of Cintas Corporation in Delta Township today. Cintas Corporation, founded in 1968, is a leading provider of corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and safety mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and fire production products, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. 
"Cintas is committed to taking great care of our customers and providing an excellent work environment for our employee-partners in the Lansing area," said Thomas R. Boik, Cintas local Branch Manager. "We are also committed to being a good corporate citizen and providing support to the local community." 

Cintas currently has more than 40,000 employees at more than 500 locations worldwide, and has outgrown their existing space in Lansing. The company has a facility in the Lansing area, but has outgrown the space due to continued growth and was examining sites elsewhere in Michigan and other states. Cintas plans to purchase adjacent land in Delta Township and add a new commercial/industrial cleaning facility that will also include office space. 
"We are very happy to have Cintas' continued commitment to Delta Township. This extraordinary investment in a new building and equipment and the new jobs it will create, are a great benefit to our community," said Delta Township Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher. "Cintas represents a truly unique business that adds to our economic diversity in Delta and we couldn't be more excited." 
The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $17 million and create 70 new jobs. In conjunction with the project, Cintas has been awarded a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).

Cintas chose Michigan over competing sites in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin; and will receive expedited permitting in support of the project from Delta Township.

The information above was issued by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Progress Update: Delta Grant Projects 

Delta Township has been actively seeking grants and those efforts have resulted in completed projects such as pickleball courts in Delta Mills Park, outdoor exercise equipment in Sharp Park, and sidewalk and bike lanes on Willow in 2017. There are many new and exciting upcoming projects planned. This year the Township received grants to construct:
  • A canoe launch on Willow (just west of Nixon).
  • New restrooms at Delta Mills Park (replacing existing restroom building and adding new restrooms in the Webster parking lot).
  • Restrooms, pavilion, and paved 10-foot pathway at Mount Hope Park (part of a larger development plan).
  • Bicycle lanes to Old Lansing Road from Mount Hope west to Creyts.

These are all projects in which significant funding has been received through grants. Grant funding allows us to add to the amenities throughout the Township while utilizing existing tax dollars for maintenance and operations. For more information on any of these projects, please visit
Delta Township Swears-In Nine New Firefighters
At the December 18 Delta Township Board Meeting, six new full time firefighters and three part time firefighters were sworn-in to the Delta Township Fire Department. 

Pictured (L to R): Front Row -  Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Brent Riley, Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Robert Schmedinghoff,  Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Josh Campbell, Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Jordan Osbun, Part Time EMT/Fire Fighter-Ashton Ketchum.  
Back Row: Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Troy England, Full Time Paramedic/Fire Fighter-Luke Smuts, Part Time EMT/Fire Fighter-Kevin Douglas, Part Time EMT/Fire Fighter-Alec Fowler.

The firefighters  were hired after the Township was awarded a $916,115 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.  

The SAFER Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the program is to ensure that fire departments nationwide are fully staffed and equipped to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. 
Delta Township & Grand Ledge Libraries Host Book Competition for Kids, Teens and Adults

The Delta Township District Library will be holding its tenth annual Battle of the Books this winter, partnering with the Grand Ledge Area District Library to host the events.  The program kicks off on
Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delta Township District Library (5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing) with an informational meeting and booktalks of the 2018 booklist. 
Battle of the Books is a fun trivia competition that tests participants' book knowledge.  Teams of four to five read the five selected Battle books in January and February.  In March, teams compete in a series of battles to see which team knows the most about the books.  Registration for the program has reached capacity the last two years with 24 teams.  Adults, teens, and kids (4th grade and up) are all welcome, and teams can be made up of participants of all ages.  A team could be a family of four, grandparents and grandchildren, four teen classmates, five book club friends, or other combinations.  The booklist includes books that are appropriate for young readers but will appeal to all ages.  Families are encouraged to participate together; even children too young for the competition can be included in the fun by acting as team cheerleaders and reading books on similar topics and themes. 
Programs will take place throughout January and February, including Team Spirit Events on January 27 and February 5, and a Battle Book Night on February 15, featuring a Skype visit with one of this year's Battle authors.  The preliminary battle for all teams will take place on March 1.  Semi-finals and the final battle will both take place on Saturday, March 10.  The public is welcome to attend the final battle to enjoy the exciting competition and support the teams.  Some programs will be held at DTDL and some at GLADL Main.
Registration forms are available at both libraries and online at  Participants who want to get a head start on reading can pick up copies of the Battle books at the libraries as well.  Call DTDL (517-321-4014 x3) or GLADL (517-627-7014) for more information.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend the kick-off on January 11 to get more details about the program.  The 2018 Battle of the Books is possible due to the generous support of the Friends of the Delta Township District Library.  
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.

Click  here to view the  Township's Snow Removal Ordinance.

Contact the Delta Township Planning Department 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 the ordinance will receive a municipal civil infraction. The civil fine will be set from time to time by the township board by resolution.

Winter Road Plowing in Delta Township

A reminder that Delta Township does not remove snow off of the roadways.
Eaton County Road Commission (ECRC) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are the agencies charged with snow removal in Delta Township. MDOT is charged with snow removal for I-96, I-69, I-496 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  
Vol. 3  Issue: 12
In This Issue

Delta Township Board







Eaton County
Satellite Office

The Eaton County Clerk's office and Treasurer's office is holding hours in the lower level of the Delta Township Administration Building. 

Please see the following schedule for days and times the satellite office will be open:

County Clerk
Holds hours every first and third Friday of each month 
from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.

County Treasurer
Holds hours every second and fourth Friday of each month from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Delta Township Employees


Finance Director

Fire Chief

Building/Assessing Director

Planning Director

Utilities Director

Parks & Recreation

Delta Township District Library Director

Township Engineer

Eaton Co. Sheriff's Department Delta Patrol
Delta Public Transportation Option  
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  -or-

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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Interested in Applying for a Facade Improvement Grant for Your Business?

Businesses along the east end of the Saginaw corridor (Waverly to Elmwood) will now have an opportunity to apply for some financial assistance from a facade improvement program offered and funded by the Delta Township Economic Development Corporation. 
This program is part of an effort by the Township's EDC to improve the aesthetics of building fronts along areas of the Saginaw corridor that have aged and/or fallen into disrepair and encourage improvements .  
The Delta Township Economic Development Corporation meets quarterly and works to improve economic development in Delta.  If you have any questions about this program, please call Economic Development Coordinator Ed Reed at 517-323-8560. 
What's New in Delta?

On December 9, Ashley Furniture held their Grand Opening evening.  The new furniture store is located next to Target and occupies the old Office Max location.  

On December 13, Outback Steakhouse held a Grand Opening for their new Facility located near the intersection of Canal Rd. and Saginaw Hwy.  The new Outback is part of a redevelopment project that was the first in the Township to utilize Brownfield credits.

Bickford of West Lansing held its Grand Re-Opening  on December 13. This facility is the former Ingham Regional Assisted Living facility Bickford purchased the property for  $10.2 million  in June 2017 and renovated the facility.  Bickford provides assisted living and memory care services.
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