Last night, the Delhi Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance. During a brief public comment period, four citizens rose to speak in favor of the ordinance. Cheryl Overley, who is part of the largest homeschooling group in the state, said “We have families who live in Delhi Township and we […]

Meridian Township Meeting Etiquette

As most of you already know, the Meridian Township Board of Trustees recently split over whether to adopt an ordinance which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Reasons cited included concerns about authority, cost, and necessity. Trustee Milton Scales went so far as to call it “feel good legislation.” In […]

Meridian Township Board Split Over Non-Discrimination Ordinance

During the Tuesday, September 17 Meridian Board of Trustees meeting, the Board revisited the issue of the Human Relations Ordinance. In July, the Board amended the Township’s Fair Housing Ordinance to prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The Board is now entertaining an ordinance that would prohibit not only housing discrimination, […]


Last night the Delta Township Board of Trustees discussed and finalized their proposed non-discrimination ordinance. The Board has done a tremendous amount of work on this ordinance since the issue was first addressed at the May 13 Committee of the Whole meeting. Every single member of the Board has combed through this ordinance and has […]

A Crash Course in Public Comments

Delivering testimony sounds scary. It’s intimidating. The word “testimony” alone conjures up images of courtrooms, cross examinations, and stern judges. I think that’s one of the reasons why so many municipalities refer to their time when the public can speak as “public comment” time.  A comment is certainly far less intimidating than “testimony. More than […]

Update: Delta Township makes progress on a non-discrimination ordinance

Last night, August 5, the Delta Township Board of Trustees continued discussions about a proposed ordinance that would prohibit housing, employment, and public accommodations discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.  The ordinance is *this* close to being ready for publication. Even a quick glance at the Delta Township ordinance is enough […]

Why a resolution won’t cut it in Lansing Township…

Two weeks ago, the Lansing Township Board of Trustees began discussing non-discrimination protections. Trustee Diontrae Hayes sees the ordinance as a “way to be proactive…to make sure that all [of Lansing Township’s] residents feel protected.” Lansing Township would be following the lead of Delta and Meridian Township. We here at One Capital Region are thrilled that […]