April 2018
Sharp Park Outdoor Equipment Zone Grand Opening



The Delta Township Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department will hold a Grand Opening Ceremony for the newly installed outdoor exercise zone in Sharp Park on Tuesday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. The exercise zone, which is located near the East-West Connector Pathway, has five pieces of outdoor fitness equipment and is available to anyone 14-years-of-age or older. The Grand Opening will include remarks from Township Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher, Parks Commission Chairperson Daren Bebee, and John Goergen, a member of the Delta Township Senior Council. Members of the community are invited to celebrate the installation of this new park amenity and to recognize the efforts made by those that helped to make this project a reality.
Delta Township Paramedic Millage Renewal in August

In August, Delta Township will be asking the residents to consider the renewal of the paramedic/firefighter millage for another ten (10) year period. Delta Township's voters first approved the millage in 1978, and have renewed the millage four times since then. The .9896 mill generates roughly $1.4 million per year and pays for paramedics/ firefighters, ambulances, training, and other paramedic related items needed to provide emergency medical services to the Township. Funds generated by the millage can only be used for emergency services. EMS calls accounted for 88% of all runs by the Delta Fire Department in 2017.

For more information on the millage renewal and ballot language click the link below.

May 20-26 is National EMS Week

The 2018 National  Emergency 
Medical Services (EMS) Week will take place May 20-26.    This year's theme is       "EMS STRONG: Stronger Together"  For more information on EMS STRONG campaign click the link below.

Please join Delta Township in celebrating our EMS providers and personnel this May.

Delta Utilities: The Flow of it All
 

Check out how the Delta Township Utilities Department works to keep our water system in top operating order.

Sewer utilities across the country are having a huge problem, and the problem is "flushable" products. Pre-moistened personal wipes labeled as "flushable" as well as other products like flushable toilet cleaning sponges and some feminine products are creating an enormous problem. While these products may swirl down the toilet with ease, most don't disintegrate, creating serious problems as they work their way through aging sewage systems on their way to the treatment facility. These so-called "flushable" products cause pumps to jam, equipment to break or simply use more energy to operate. This can lead to sewage backups and potentially sewage backing up into a customer's basement.
 
Industry experts estimate these issues cost U.S. utilities between $500 million and $1 billion annually to clear clogs, unjam pumps, or replace equipment altogether. The number of manpower hours to alleviate these issues is also becoming extremely burdensome to sewer utilities. Other items, such as disinfectant wipes and facial cloths not meant to be flushed are also contributing to these problems.
 
Utilities across the country are trying to stress to their customers the message of the "3 Ps" meaning only flush pee, poop, and toilet paper. The wastewater industry has long considered toilet paper as the benchmark for any product that is labeled as "flushable", since toilet paper is flushed constantly and utilities do not see it causing problems. Why is toilet paper ok to flush while other so-called "flushables" are not? It rapidly loses strength when it gets wet. It breaks into pieces during the flushing action of a toilet and continues to break apart simply by moving through the sanitary collection system. It does not require the force of a mechanical device to break into pieces. It has short fiber lengths that are unlikely to re-rope or entangle with other materials. It is biodegradable and will not reduce the quality of biosolids. These qualitative properties of toilet paper should apply to any product that calls itself "flushable".

So, the next time you go to do the convenient thing and flush that product, help out your sewer utility and ask yourself, is this really "flushable"? Does it appear to have the same properties as toilet paper? If the answer is no, please don't flush it. Find another way to properly dispose the items or product. Who knows, you may just be saving yourself the burden of a plugged pipe or sanitary sewer backup into your basement.
Eaton County Deputy Receives Congressional Badge of Bravery
 


Deputy Andrew Jenkins was presented the Congressional Badge of Bravery award for  saving the lives of three people trapped inside a burning home on the 7300 block of Creekside Drive in Delta Township on December 20.  Body camera video shows the heroing rescue right before the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The award was presented at the Eaton County Sheriff's office by Sentors Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D). Deputy Jenkins is only the second Michigan officer to receive the award.

The Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 established an award to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

"Deputy Jenkins went above and beyond his duty when he rescued the three Delta residents from their burning home," said Delta Township Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher. "We are very proud to have law enforcement officers like Deputy Jenkins serving our community and commend him for his act of bravery."
Noxious Weed Enforcement Begins May 1 
 
The Noxious Weeds Ordinance is in effect from  May 1 -    October 31  each year.

Residents are required to keep lawn length to a height no greater than eight inches in length on average across a property throughout the growing season.

Properties not in compliance will be mowed by the Township or its agent at a cost to the property owner. The minimum charge will be in effect for all properties mowed by the Township. Properties requiring more than one hour mowing time will be charged the minimum rate plus the additional rate per 20-minute increment outlined below.

ITEMS
AMOUNT
MOWING & TRANSPORTATION CHARGES
Includes tractor, mower, operators wages and fringe benefits, gasoline, costs of moving equipment, equipment maintenance, and /or contractor's charges.

$103.53*
TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATIVE FEE
Includes lot inspections, owner identification, clerical, mileage, and other administrative duties
$68.34
SUB-TOTAL: $171.87
OVERHEAD 10%:
$17.18
TOTAL CHARGE - MINIMUM FOR FIRST HOUR: $189.05

The above schedule depicts the minimum charge in effect for all properties each time the property is mowed by the Township or its agent.

* It is assumed each property will be a minimum of one hour for violation mowing.  An additional $30 will be added for each 20-minute increment over one hour for violation mowing.
Spring Cleaning and Lawn Waste  Recycling Opportunities
 
It's that time of year again, spring clean-up time.  The Delta Recycling Center has some upcoming events to help you with yard waste and spring cleaning waste.
  • Spring Clean-Up Saturday, May 12  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. electronics, household hazardous waste, tires (fees for disposal may be applicable), books, hearing aids and eyeglasses, document shredding, yard waste, limbs (four feet long and no more than four inches in diameter), scrap metal, Freon, and household batteries are a few of the items being accepted at this event. Appointment is required. 
    Call 517-543-3686 or for online appointments v
    isit www.eatoncounty.org/recycling. Location within Delta Township will be disclosed at time appointment is made. Event is for residents of Eaton County (non-commercial). For updated event information, visit the website.  
     
  • 2018 Free Yard Waste Day Delta Township residents can drop off yard waste free of charge on Thursday, May 10, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Delta Township Recycling Center. Township residents must provide a photo identification and a voter ID card, property tax notice, or water/sewer bill to participate in free yard waste day. Yard waste branches can be no longer than 4 feet long and 4 inches in diameter. Yard waste bags or recyclable container are best practices in transporting yard waste to the Recycling Center for disposal, NO PLASTIC BAGS ALLOWED. The size of loads will be limited to no larger than 5 X 8 feet or the back of a full size pick-up. No tandem trailers or cube type vehicles will be permitted. The recycling center will still be open for regular recycling.
     
  • Yard Waste Accepted April 4 to October 10, 2018 Open to all Delta Township residents utilizing the Recycling Center for disposal of yard waste. Fees apply; please visit the Delta Township website at www.deltami.gov/recycling for applicable fees or call the Clerk's Office at 323-8500.
     
  • Electronics/Freon Collection  - Delta Township offers a monthly (Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) event for electronics and Freon recycling. 
    Upcoming Dates:
  • June 16
  • July 14
  • August 18
     
    * May collection will be through Eaton County Resource Recovery.
   Fees:
  • A fee of $.25 cents per pound will be charged for electronics.
  • $20.00 per Freon containing item will be charged.
Delta Passport Drives Offer Opportunity for After-hours Application Processing

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 Clerk's Office is offering passport drives during 2018.  One picture is required when submitting a passport application  (Form DS-11 ONLY) and can be obtained at the Clerk's Office for a $12.00 fee. If you are in need of a new passport, or 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 open to accept passport applications (Form DS-11 ONLYon the following dates in 2018:
  • Sat., May 5 -  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 4 -  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 12 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thur., Sept. 20 -  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tues., Oct. 2 -  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for documentation requirements, fees, and application at www.travel.state.gov

Please call the Delta Township Clerk's Office at 323-8500 if you have any questions or require more information.

Upcoming Events:
  • I Am Delta Photo Contest - May 2 through June 2 - Celebrate Delta Township by submitting your best photos for our I Am Delta Photography Contest. Deadline: Sat, Jun 2. Photos will be displayed through June 30 and winners will be chosen by popular vote. For more info, visit:  dtdl.org/photo-contest.  
     
  • Children's Book Week Bookmark Contest - Apr 16 - May 19 DTDL is having its eight annual Children's Bookmark Contest to celebrate Children's Book Week (April 30-May 6).  The contest is open to ages 3-12.  Kids can pick up a contest form at the library's Youth Desk starting April 16 or download one from dtdl.org .  All designs will be displayed in the library during June and the winning bookmark in each age group will be printed and distributed at the library.  This year's theme goes along with our Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!  The deadline to turn in entries is May 19.  For more information call 517-321-4014 x3.
     
  • Helping Women Period Throughout May, to honor all women in the Mid-Michigan area, the library is collecting feminine hygiene products to support the non-profit group Helping Women Period. Drop off the following donation items at the library, and help homeless and at-risk women and girls experience their period with dignity.    Items needed include:
    • Pads
    • Tampons
    • Bladder Control Pads
    • Personal Wipes
   For more information on Helping Women Period, visit
    helpingwomenperiod.org.
  • Five-0 5K Event - Please join us for this family fun event on Sunday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at Sharp Park.  Bring the kids to check out all the police cars, boats, motorcycles, SRT truck, and more. We will also have a SRT obstacle course for the kids. Proceeds from this event will be used to maintain a memorial fund to show our gratitude for fallen officers at Eaton County.  For more information email rblock@eatoncounty.org.
     
  • 20th Annual Delta Rocks! Family Festival  - Come on out to Sharp Park on Saturday, June 23 and help us celebrate our 20th Annual Delta Rocks! Family Festival! The entire family will have a great time participating in the many fun activities including, the NEW lawn game area, soccer billards; rocket slide; ultimate obstacle course; 3D klimz wall; bounce house; air ball batting cage; shooting a water balloon from the Super Slingshot; face painting; bubble booth; art area including a graffiti wall, easel painting, and more; trackless train; petting zoo; children's idenfication kits; Project KidSight; children's make-it take-it crafts; games; tot spot; kid's bingo; sports challenge; dance demos and dance alongs; concessions; business expo; nonprofit area; and more! Admission as well as most activities are free with only a few having a minimal charge. The festival will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. so plan on spending the day with us! Delta Township will also be providing a free continuous shuttle from the Lansing Mall parking lot to Sharp Park from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
     
    Festival Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed for the Delta Rocks! Family Festival. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kathy Sobczyk at ksobczyk@deltami.gov or call 323-8555. Volunteers are needed for early morning set up as well as with various activities during the festival such as helping with the Super Slingshot, supervising a children's craft booth, helping with the games, and more. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and instructions prior to the festival.
Vol. 4  Issue: 4
In This Issue

Delta Township Board

Supervisor

Clerk

Treasurer

Trustee

Trustee


 

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 Department Directors

Manager

Finance Director

Fire Chief


Building/Assessing Director

Planning Director

Utilities Director

Parks & Recreation
Director 

Delta Township District Library Director

Township Engineer

Eaton Co. Sheriff's Department Delta Patrol Liason
 
Delta Public Transportation Option  
 
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  -or-
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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Overnight Parking Ordinance Reminder

With RV Season upon us, we would like to remind our residents 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 a.m. and 6a.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.

If you have questions or would like to speak with someone about overnight parking, please contact the Manager's Office at 517-323-8590.

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

Businesses along the east end of the Saginaw corridor (Waverly to Elmwood) 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. 
Delta Township Employment Opportunties
Need a Little Help to Spruce Up Your Neighborhood?
 
Delta Township created this program  so residential neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations can apply for matching funds for improving their identification and welcome signs to their neighborhood. Matching funds will be available on a first come/first serve basis and typical grant awards are in the amount of $500. It is part of the Township's goal to help create community identity, neighborhood involvement, and encourage and maintain the character of residential neighborhoods.

Application Process
Completed applications should be submitted to the Delta Township Accounting Department.  All applications received will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt.  Once a grant has been awarded, the project lead person will be notified via email. For questions about the grant program please contact Jeff Anderson, Finance Director at 517-323-8510 or via email at
A Note from the Eaton County Magistrate

Greetings from the office of the Eaton county magistrate.
 
Well winter didn't quite want to give up this year but as you read this hopefully spring has taken hold and given us some warmer temperatures.
 
I wanted to address a common issue that I hear at district court regarding traffic citations. Many times I hear the phrase,, "I went to jail for a speeding ticket". Please let me take this opportunity to explain what is really happening.


 
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