7710 West Saginaw Hwy
Lansing MI 48917
Noxious Weeds Ordinance
The Noxious Weeds Ordinance is in effect from May 1 through October 31 each year.
You can now submit a Noxious Weeds Ordinance Complaint online by using this form.
Complaints are taken and inspected normally within a day or two. While there are many rules that determine if a lot is in violation, the main ones a complainant should keep in mind are that the grass must be at most eight inches high on average across the lot, and the lot may not be over two acres in size. If you would like to make a complaint about a property please call 323-8520.
Below is an excerpt of the rules and rates from the violation letter (please note these are not all-inclusive):
Chapter 14, Article III of the Delta Charter Township Code Of Ordinances. Said Ordinance is to provide for and regulate the cutting and growth of grasses and noxious weeds within the Township as per Act 359 of 1941 as amended.
Under the provisions of this ordinance you are required to cut or otherwise destroy by lawful means all grasses or noxious weeds on the property on or before May 1 and to keep said grasses and weeds cut to the height of less than eight inches on average throughout the growing season.
Properties not COMPLETELY brought into compliance shall be mowed by the Township or its agent and all costs assessed against said property. The cost of the mowing, to include equipment usage, transportation, man-hours involved, and overhead, will be charged to you. The minimum charge, as explained on the back of this letter, shall be in effect for all properties. Properties requiring more than one hour of mowing time will be charged the minimum rate plus an additional rate per 20-minute intervals.
Costs assessed prior to August 1 and not paid by September 1 will be spread on the current year's tax rolls. Any costs assessed after August 1 are due within 30 days from the date of billing.
Delta Township or its agent will not be responsible for damage to buildings, vehicles, landscape, trees, shrubs, etc. occurring during the mowing of property in violation of this ordinance.
In compliance with P.A. 1941, No. 359: Effective, January 10, 1941, as amended, regarding cutting of noxious weeds in the Township, I, Kenneth R. Fletcher as Township Supervisor, do hereby authorize Brian Thelen as Weed Commissioner, to cut and maintain all properties covered by this act and to bill the property owner for all costs up to and in excess of $25.00. It is understood that the charge schedule has been established based on the following:
|MOWING & TRANSPORTATION CHARGES||$103.53 *|
|Includes tractor, mower, operators wages and fringe benefits, gasoline, costs of moving equipment, equipment maintenance, and /or contractor’s charges.|
|TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATIVE CHARGES||$68.34|
|Includes lot inspections, owner identification, clerical, mileage, and other administrative duties|
|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.
Noxious Weeds Ordinance Form
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Phone: (517) 323-8500
Fax: (517) 323-8599
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