January 2017
Delta Township Utility Workers Rescue Missing Ring

Nearly two years ago, Cindi Schaftner's beloved wedding ring went missing after her five-year-old granddaughter accidentally dropped it down the toilet. After she and her husband checked the drain trap without any success, she made one last ditch effort to locate the ring when she contacted the Delta Township Utility Department.  The Township sent a crew over to take a look in the drain system near her house.  Unfortunately, her ring was nowhere to be found. Heartbroken, Cindi accepted that her ring would forever be lost.

Fast forward a year, Delta Township employees Bill Compton and Bill Rabideau were flushing pipes near the Schaftner's home when Rabideau spotted a shimmer of gold in the manhole.  He pulled the item from the sewer and remembered that the Schaftner's had asked for their assistance in locating a ring the year before; so they called their boss Gabe Ruiz who contacted Cindi's husband Phil.

They had indeed rescued the very ring that had gone missing the year before.  Before presenting his wife with her long lost ring, Phil took the ring for a thorough cleaning at the local jewelers and then used the ring to propose to his bride once again.

The Schaftner's are eternally grateful to the Delta Township employees that recovered and returned Cindi's wedding ring.

For the full story that was featured in the Lansing State Journal, click here.

Annual Change of Assessment Notice
The Assessing Department will be mailing out the annual Change of Assessment Notices in late February.  The purpose of this change notice is to notify you of the proposed 2017 Assessed and Taxable Value of your property.  The Assessed Value represents 50% of the estimated Market Value, and the Taxable Value represents the amount your 2017 taxes will be based on.  Taxable Values for 2017 can not increase greater than the rate of inflation, unless you purchased your property in 2016 or have made physical improvements.  The inflation rate, expressed as a multiplier, to be used for 2017 is 1.009 (9/10th of 1%).  If you have any questions regarding your change notice, please call the Assessing Department at 517-323-8520.
March Board of Review for Property Value Appeals
The purpose of the March Board of Review is to hear appeals regarding your property valuation.  If you plan to appear before the Board of Review, please be prepared to present evidence in support of your estimated market value. 
The 2017 Board of Review will meet in Room A, located on the second floor of the Delta Township Administration Building - 7710 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917 on the following dates: March 13 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; March 14 - 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and March 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you wish to protest your value to the Board of Review, you must have an appointment. Please call 517-323-8520 for an appointment. 
For Your Convenience: Delta Passport Drives

The Delta Township Clerk's Office accepts passport applications year around during regular office hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Delta Township Clerk's Office will also be offering several passport drives in addition to our regular hours in 2017.  One picture is required when submitting a passport application (Form DS-11 ONLY) and may be obtained in the Clerk's office for a $12.00 fee. If you are in need of a new passport or need to renew your existing passport and find it difficult to get to our office during regular office hours mark your calendar.  The Clerk's office will be accepting passport applications in addition to our regular hours (Form DS-11 ONLY) on the following dates and times in 2017:
  • Wednesday, January 25 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 8 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 12 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 27 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 4 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for documentation requirements, fees, and application at  www.travel.state.gov. NO CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT OF PASSPORT APPLICATION FEES. THE APPLICATION FEE IS MAILED TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WITH YOUR APPLICATION SO PAYMENT MUST BE A MONEY ORDER OR CHECK. Two payments will be required:  (1) Payable to the U.S. Department of State for processing of your passport, which must be in form of personal check or money order, and (2) Payable to Delta Township for pictures and service fee, which may be in the form of a personal check, money order, cash, debit or credit card.  Please call the Delta Township Clerk's office at 323-8500 if you have any questions or require more information.
Winter Heating Assistance 

While we have seen more mild temperatures this winter, we know there may still be a need for heating and utility assistance during these colder months. Please find a list of assistance programs available below:  

Michigan Community Action Agencies  
Michigan Community Action is a member service network dedicated to reducing poverty in Michigan by supporting Community Action Agencies in their quest to change the lives of low-income Michiganders. Michigan's Community Action Agencies are a great resource for those that may need financial assistance. Click  here to find contact information for your local Community Action Agency.
Michigan Home Heating Credit   is a state of Michigan tax credit that can assist low to moderate income families and individuals that reside within the state. The program can help them pay for the cost of heating their homes and winter heating bills. The amount of credit is determined based on several factors, including total household income, the home's actual heating costs, as well as the number of exemptions claimed. You may contact the Michigan Department of Treasury at 1-800-827-4000 to obtain the proper forms and applications.

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is an independent non-profit charity organization that distributes emergency crisis funds for heating and utility bill-payment assistance across the state of Michigan to qualified applicants. The THAW program partners with several different local utility and gas companies who provide cash grants and emergency funding to administer and operate the assistance program in Michigan. Most of the grants go directly to low-income families, helping to pay heating, energy, and utility bills. Call 1-800-866-8429 to get more details on energy bill assistance from The Heat and Warmth Fund.

Other assistance programs may be available through your utility company.  
Delta Township Upcoming Events
  • It is winter warm up time!  Delta Township, along with seven other area communities, Blue Cross of Michigan and Playmakers are providing a free Couch to 5K training program.  The eight week training program kicks-off on Saturday, January 28 at 9 a.m at AL!VE located at 800 W. Lawrence Avenue, Charlotte.  The training program will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. beginning January 31 and will run through March 23 at the Lansing Mall Food Court. Time in the two weekly session will will be spent with certified Good Form Running and Walking coaches from Playmakers Fitness Foundation.  In addition, participants will received a weekly e-newsletter with training and nutrition information. Most of the sessions will be held outdoors so layer for warmth. For more information and to register click here.
  • 3D Printing Workshop at DTDLMonday, February 13 from 
    1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about the library's new 3D printer. You can also learn how to use 3D design tools like TinkerCad and Google SketchUp to create your own design to print. To register, call 517-321-4014 x4 or online at dtdl.org/events. 
  • Mobile Hotspots now available at DTDL Why rely on public hotspots when you could take your own WiFi with you? The library now has mobile hotspots available to checkout for seven days with a current library card. For more information, please call 517-321-4014.
  • Daddy Daughter Dance Tuesday, February 23 from  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the  Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Pre-registration is required.  Register online at our website  or by calling 517-323-8555.
  • Mother Son Dance  -  Wednesday, March 23 from  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Pre-registration is required.  Register online at our  website   or by calling 517-323-8555.
Delta In the News
  • Deputy Andrew Jenkins was recognized by the Delta Township Fire Department with a Life Saving Award for his service above and beyond when he rushed into a burning home to rescue three residents with just seconds to spare before the structure became fully engulfed in flames. Pictured below (L to R) Assistant Fire Chief Mike Roman, Fire Chief John Clark, Deputy Andrew Jenkins, and Lt. Mark Wrigglesworth.

  • The Crowne Plaza Lansing West was recently recognized with the prestigious IHG® Torchbearer Award. Based on a variety of metrics, this honor is earned by hotels that have reached the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation. Their team is also proud to have been rated #1 in Guest Satisfaction among all Crowne Plaza hotels & resorts in the U.S. two years in a row.
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 this section will receive 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
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, 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 
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Eaton County
Satellite Office

The Eaton County Clerk's Office and Treasurer's 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 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.

County Treasurer will hold 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 Office Delta Patrol
2016 Winter Property Tax Coming Due

Winter 2016 property taxes are due February 14, 2017 and are payable to Delta Township. After February 14, interest and penalties apply.

As of March 1, 2017 real property taxes (land and structures) are no longer payable to Delta Charter Township; payments must be submitted to the Eaton County Treasurer.
Delta Public Transportation Options

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 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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