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Delta Township to Honor Joseph E. Drolett

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  
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Township to Dedicate and Rename Community Center in Drolett's Honor

The Delta Township Board will recognize and honor Former Township Supervisor Joseph E. Drolett on Monday, December 18 when they dedicate and rename the Delta Township Community Center the Joseph E. Drolett Community Center. The event will take place at the Delta Township Community Center located at 7550 W. Willow Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a reception and light refreshments to follow.

Drolett served as a trustee on the Township Board from 1972 to 1974, and honorably served as Delta Township Supervisor from 1974 to 1988, and again from 1992 to 2008, to date, the longest serving Supervisor in Township history.

"Joe Drolett has had a profound impact on the growth and development of our Township," said Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher. "Those lasting effects are his legacy left to the citizens of Delta and the Township Board wants to ensure that his contributions are never forgotten."

Drolett played a major role in establishing many firsts for the Township including drafting its first Master Plan, drafting and implementing the first zoning ordinance, passing the first capital improvements plan for the Township, and establishing the first long-term sidewalk, paths and trails plan.

In 1998, Drolett, worked together with the City of Lansing to help secure and bring to the Township the $1.2 Billon General Motors Delta Plant along with four tier-one auto parts suppliers. He also worked with Township staff and contractors to complete the development of the industrial park located on the south side of the Township, clearing the way for what is now one of the most robust industrial districts in the state.

Throughout his tenure, Drolett oversaw the building of the Delta Township District Library facility, the addition to the Delta Township Administration Building, and the Central Fire Station. Under the leadership of Supervisor Drolett, Delta Township was the first in the state to approve a service contract with a County Sheriff's Department, and subsequently built a Delta-based Eaton County Sheriff's Department Substation, allowing for faster and more efficient law enforcement response times for Delta residents.

His leadership was not just limited to the Township, Drolett also aided in the development of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) organization, which has become a strong economic force throughout the mid-Michigan region.

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