FINALIZATION OF THE MICHIGAN AVENUE EXTENSION• Creyts Road to Canal Road• Project Length: One mile• Improvements: Construct new three lane road• Estimated Cost: Total: $1,600,000• Local Match: $320,000• Purpose: Provide alternative access to M-43 & St. Joe• Highway, provide access to adjacent parcels
EASTBURY & CANAL PATHWAY EXTENSIONS COMPLETED 2.38 miles of walk- able pathways were added in 2011.Delta Township currently has 6.47 miles of paved pathwayswith an additional 9.55 miles of unpaved pathways. A total of16.02 miles of walk-able pathways currently exist in ourparks. .
TWO LIFT STATIONS REBUILTSaratoga Lift Station Before Lansing Road Lift Station Current Saratoga Lift Station Current
SURVIVED THEM-43 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT• Staff met with all businesses along the reconstruction route.• Provided weekly website and email update of construction progress.
WIRELESS METER READING PROJECT CONTINUESAs of December 2011 there have been 2,655 units installed.
• All of Delta Township’s remaining fluorescent lighting was retro-fitted to energy efficient units.• Received four energy grants from the Board of Water & Light (Lansing Road, Saratoga, Lighting & Air Dryer) for using • Received two new electric energy efficient vehicles equipment.
RECEIVED SEVERAL GRANTS• Sharp Park Pathway• Eastbury Pathway Extension• Replacement of a Fire Vehicle• A total of $400K in grant funds received in 2011.
SWITCHED TO FIBER AND CONNECTED ALL COMPUTER SYSTEMS
INITIATED UPDATES TO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN,NON-MOTORIZED PLAN, AND RECREATION PLANStaff held three meetings with the public.
NEW PROGRAMS & EVENTS• Delta Township hosted the Men’s Class E State Slow Pitch Qualifier Tournament (13 teams) and the Men’s Class C and D Slow Pitch State Finals. (20 Teams Total)• The township took over the chair exercise program held at the Lansing Mall, which averages over 150 participants per week.• Arrangements have been made to to host the Filthy 5k at Grand Woods Park in 2012.
PROPERTY SWAP PAPERWORK WITH THE PARKS AND UTILITY DEPARTMENTS FINALIZED
CHANGE IN FIRE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIPRetired Fire Chief Victor C. Hilbert New Fire Chief John Clark
DELTA TOWNSHIP’S CENTRAL FIRE STATION For security purposes built offices for the Secretaries.
TRANSITIONED TO A NEW TOWNSHIP CLERKRetired Township Clerk Janice Vedder New Township Clerk Mary R. Clark
CREATED THE NEW“COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT” BY COMBINING THE FORMER BUILDING, ENGINEERING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENTS Made the transition of not having an engineer on staff.
HIRED A NEWECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Ed Reed
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS• Airlift Expansion• Bridgewater Expansion• O’Reilly Auto Parts• Meijer’s Distribution Center (Construction of a new facility will begin next Spring)• Soapy Joes Car Wash• Culvers• Superior Asphalt• LCC Utility Training Center
ROAD RESURFACING PROJECT IN COOPERATION WITH THEEATON COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION (ECRC)
Settled numerous Michigan Tax Tribunal appeals in-house without incurring outside expenses from attorneys and or appraisers
PROPERTY INSPECTIONS• Completed the reappraisal of all commercial and industrial properties in the City of Grand Ledge.• Staff exceeded its goal of inspecting 2,000 parcels by actually inspecting 2,242 parcels.
ELECTRONIC BILLING/ PAPERLESS CUSTOMERS• We now have 602 customers signed up for e-bill. Each one saves us approx. $8 per year. So in total, saving $4,800 a year.• Implemented an electronic check payment process, and as of December 31st Delta Township has 2,203 customers enrolled.• Outsourced printing/mailing of utility bills resulting in 15% savings.• Implemented e-filing for personal property statements as a cost cutting measure.
KICKED OFF WELLNESS PROGRAM Wellness Committee Mission Statement“The Mission of the Delta Township Wellness Committee is to provide a comprehensive program for employee health and wellness, which will serve to improve the overall health of the employees of Delta Township. This will be accomplished through an ongoing program involving health & fitness assessments, employee needs surveys, customized educational programs and activities.” 73 individuals are registered in this program, which equates to 63% employee participation.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITSStudied and made changes to employee health insuranceto comply with State law • Implemented high deductible health plan • Enrolled 86.46% of eligible employees into an HSAChanged occupational health care providers to SparrowOccupational Health • Number of days lost from work due to injury continues to decrease (9 work days lost in 2011)