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Public Notices

Public Notice of a June 6 public hearing concerning a tax exemption application

Public Notice of a June 6 public hearing concerning a Brownfield Plan

Public Notice of a May 8 public hearing request considering a change to the zoning ordinance pertaining to signs

Public Notice of a May 8 public hearing request considering a change to the zoning ordinance pertaining to signs

Public Notice of Zoning Ordinance Amendment Adoption concerning a Dunckel Road property

Public Notice of the cancellation of the May 22 Planning Commission Meeting

Public Notice of an amendment to the zoning ordinance pertaining to the regulation of medical marihuana

 

News and Events


Delhi Township's 175th birthday celebrated at State Capitol

Delhi Township joined state officials and Meridian Township in celebrating a 175th birthday on Feb. 16 in a special Enactment Day ceremony at the State Capitol. It included tributes from state officials and historical society representatives. More 175th events will be celebrated all year and announced here and on the Delhi Township 175th Anniversary Facebook Page.

February 16 Enactment Day event

Here is a video of the ceremony

April 4 Day of Charter Celebration

May 12 Rededication of Gunn School

May 13 Historic Walking Tour

 


Delhi Township, Holt Lions team up to bring free brush drop off events in 2017

Delhi Township and the Holt Lions Club will offer free brush drop off events in 2017. The first one is scheduled in April and they will continue all year.

Click here for the press release and list of dates.

 


Township Clerk's office is a full service U.S. Passport Facility

The Delhi Township Clerk's office now provides U.S. Passport Service. The office is a full time service provider and added extra hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. Normal office hours are from 8-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Service at the Holt post office was discontinued last year and the Delhi Township office is the only Holt location. Others are in Lansing, Mason and East Lansing.

passport services

 


Happy in Holt is latest public art sculpture for Delhi Township

Another addition to Delhi Township’s public art offerings was dedicated on Nov. 3 in front of the township community services building.

The metal sculpture was welcomed to the community by CJ Davis, Delhi Township Supervisor, Bob Trezise, President and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Tim Salisbury of PNC Bank and artist Matthew Lincoln.

"Art is about choices, and this community values art, placemaking and overall resident enjoyment," said Davis,. "Therefore, we choose to support public art."

Called "Happy in Holt," the sculpture was made possible by a $10,000 placemaking grant from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, better known as LEAP. The sculpture is the 19th piece of public art funded by LEAP’s Public Art for Communities grant program, which LEAP President & CEO Bob Trezise describes as "vital to the Lansing region’s growth."

The Public Art for Communities grant program, now in its fifth year, has awarded grants to the cities of Charlotte, DeWitt, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Lansing, Mason and St. Johns, as well as Delhi, Delta, DeWitt and Meridian townships.

"It encourages civic pride, promotes tourism and helps build a strong economy," Trezise said. "LEAP understands the impact placemaking is having on the Lansing region by creating a global brand where businesses attract and retain world-class talent.

 


Leaf collection and disposal is important for the environment

DID YOU KNOW?

Residents should never allow yard waste to be washed down storm drains or dump grass clippings and leaves onto the street or in a roadside ditch.

WHY?

Because rain water that enters storm drains and roadside ditches eventually flows to a body of water without treatment, therefore leaves and grass clippings will eventually go with it.

The problem is nutrients in yard waste can lead to harmful algae growth in those bodies of water, including a local creek, pond or lake. When it reaches the water, it decomposes and uses up the oxygen, which kills fish. This is the same water we use for fishing, swimming, boating and recreation. Also, leaves that are left in the street can block drains and cause flooding. 


Cedar Street corridor study develops vision of Holt's future

A study that examines the Cedar Street corridor from Willoughby Road in the north to College Road in the south has started and officials want your input on the future of Holt's busiest street, including its inner triangle, formed by Cedar Street, Holt Road and Aurelius Road.

Click here to go to the Realize Cedar website

 


Delhi residents have more recycling options via joint program with Granger

Delhi Township residents have even more recycling options thanks to a new joint program with Granger. Curb side recycling is here!

Learn about this new recycling program here

Already heard about it? Sign up here!

 


Holt is only community in area to be one of the Top 10 "happiest" places in state

Holt is one of the Top 10 happiest places in Michigan, according to HomeSnacks, a website that crunches regional data and shares it online.

Check out where Holt finished at this link

Share why you feel Happy about Holt on Twitter at #HappyinHolt

 


Delhi Sheep wool products

get your own Delhi Sheep socks, hats, gloves and yarn!

Delhi Township’s Publicly Owned Treatment Works sheep are earning their keep!  The sheep were sheared and the wool was sent to Frankenmuth to be made into various products.  The wool was used to make roving, yarn, socks, gloves and hats in various sizes and styles.

The styles and costs are:

Roving $1.25/ounce

Dyed Roving $1.50/ounce

Pin Draft Roving $2.25/ounce

Yarn $15.00/skein

Beanie hat $12.00 ~ Ram Beanie hat $17.00

Peruvian hat $15.00 ~ Ram Peruvian hat $20.00

Fingerless Gloves $13.00

Fingerless Gloves with cap $15.00

Crew socks $12.00

Thick Hunter socks $24.00

 

Wool Products

All items are available at the Delhi Department of Public Services, 1492 Aurelius Road, Holt.  For more information please call (517) 699-3874.  Stay warm this winter with Delhi sheep wool!


New sculpture flew into Holt Farmers Market

Butterflies came to the Holt Farmers Market this fall. No, Holt is not a stopover on the insects’ migration south. Instead, the Holt Farmers Market is the permanent home of butterflies sculpted from metal and glass.

This new sculpture is the creation of renowned artist Craig Mitchell Smith. Do we mean the Craig Mitchell Smith, who has displayed his work at Disney’s Epcot Center and all over the United States? Are we talking about the Lansing-based artist who has appeared on HGTV and who has been invited to speak at the White House? Yes, the one and only!

The 15-foot tall sculpture consists of stainless steel and glass butterflies that appear to be flying toward the market building on Cedar Street. Inside the market, large all-glass butterflies are suspended overhead.

The work was totally funded by a $10,000 grant from LEAP’s Public Arts for Communities program. An ad hoc committee consisting of elected officials and representatives of the Delhi Township DDA, the Holt Farmers Market, and the Holt Community Arts Council selected Mr. Smith’s proposal.

Stop by the Farmers Market to shop on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and to check out this new beautiful artwork.


Winter Warm Up Couch to 5K program can help you get fit

Have fun getting fit with the Blue Cross Winter Warm Up. Meet up with friends and family and join in on this great way to meet your 2017 health goals. The free Couch to 5K Training Program starts with a kickoff event at Al!ve in Charlotte on January 28 at 9 a.m. and ends with a 5K on March 26.

HERE IS A FLYER for the kick off event.

If you've never been to Al!ve, check it out at this link.

Holt has timed reserved using the high school facility for training, but there are several different days and hours to choose from to fit your schedule.

The eight-week program includes two weekly one-hour sessions with certified Good Form Running and Walking coaches from the Playmakers Fitness Foundation. In addition, participants will receive a weekly e-newsletter with training and nutrition information. The program ends with a5K walk/run and celebration goal event at Hawk Island in Lansing on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

For more information or to register visit this link or go to www.MIBluesPerspectives.com/2017BlueCrossWinterWarmUp

 

Click here to see the informational flyer


Holt named in top ten best places for homeownership in Michigan

NerdWallet, a consumer finance advocacy web site, released a study which found the best places in Michigan for homeownership. NerdWallet analyzed data relating to affordability, population growth and homeownership rates - and Holt made the top ten.

NerdWallet analyzed all the Michigan places with more than 10,000 residents to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to homebuyers. Their analysis answers three main questions:

1. Are homes available? 

2. Can you afford to live there?

3. Is the area growing?

Holt was named the seventh best place in Michigan for homeownership and here is what NerdWallet had to say about Holt:

"This unincorporated area located about a dozen miles southeast of Lansing, the state capital, has a homeownership rate of 74.5% and homeownership costs at 31.5% of median monthly household income. Holt’s location in the Delhi Charter Township means easy commutes for higher educational pursuits at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The area features seven parks that offer playgrounds, skiing, skating and more. The newest addition is Veterans Memorial Gardens, which pays tribute to each branch of the nation’s military. Holt also offers a farmer’s market and the area has sport leagues for all ages."

And we will mention one more amenity: This fall, the current Valhalla Trail will connect to the new Sycamore Trail that is now under construction in Holt/Delhi. This will connect the Holt Trail system to the Lansing River Trail.

The study lists the following communities as the top twenty places in Michigan for homeownership:

1. New Baltimore

2. Forest Hills

3. Jenison

4. Lambertville

5. East Grand Rapids

6. Norton Shores

7. Holt

8. Northview

9. Cutlerville

10. Allen Park

11. Allendale

12. Berkley

13. South Lyon

14. Livonia

15. St. Clair Shores

16. Garden City

17. Beverly Hills

18. Grosse Pointe Woods

19. Portage

20. Sterling Heights

Visit NerdWallet's complete study here.


Delhi Township is one of just two "Five-star Communities" in the area

U of M Dearborn recognizes communities for work in entrepreneurship and economic development

Delhi Charter Township is one of just twenty six communities and one of just three Townships in Michigan to earn the "Five Star Community" designation by the University of Michigan Dearborn eCities program.

Each year, the University of Michigan Dearborn eCities program designates cities and townships as Four- and Five-star Communities based on their entrepreneurial and economic development efforts and activities.

The Five-Star Communities representing the Lansing region are Delhi Charter Township and the City of East Lansing. These two, as well as the other Five-Star Communities awarded spent a combined total of $2.2M on economic development, have 15% of Michigan's population with a professional degree and 92% share services related to economic development with another municipality.

To find out more about the eCities Study, please visit www.umdilabs.com/ecities.


National Flood Insurance Program reforms could impact Delhi residents

On July 6, 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Act).  The Act calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run.  Some of these changes have already been put in place, and others will be implemented in the coming months.  Key provisions of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders.  The changes will mean premium rate increase for some – but not all – policyholders over time.  

The new law encourages program financial stability by eliminating some artificially low rates and discounts.  Most flood insurance rates will now move to reflect full risk, and flood insurance rates will rise on some policies.  Actions such as buying a property, allowing a policy to lapse, or purchasing a new policy can trigger rate changes.  Fortunately, there are some actions you can take to minimize the effect of these increases.

Whether or not your rates increase, it may be possible to lower your flood insurance costs.  You should talk to your insurance agent about specific insurance options available to you.  Enclosed is a Fact Sheet, Important Questions for Your Insurance Agent, which you may find useful when you meet with your agent.  Make sure you discuss deductibles, content coverage and structural coverage, and ask for an estimate for all of the options. 

Your agent may recommend obtaining an elevation certificateThe elevation certificate is an important document used to determine the correct rating for your structure.  A licensed surveyor or registered engineer will collect elevation data on your specific structure, which can be used to re-rate the policy.  

Additionally, elevating, rebuilding or altering your structure can lower flood risk and may reduce premiums.  This includes building or rebuilding structures to higher elevations, adding flood vents, or filling in lower levels of a structure.  Projects such as these require local permits, but may result in lower insurance premiums, or possibly removal from the floodplain. 

For more information, please see these links:

http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2012

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/lwm-quickguide_202673_7.pdf

 


Delhi gets "gold" for being green

 

Delhi Township was recognized for environmental leadership at the Michigan Green Communities conference in Lansing on November 2.

As part of the recently expanded Michigan Green Communities Challenge, participating local governments were awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze or Member seals of achievement reflecting community leadership in areas such as natural resource conservation, green economic development and energy efficiency.

Delhi Township achieved Gold status for exemplary action in a variety of categories, including its innovative waste treatment system that results in energy savings of more than $70,000 per year for the township. The waste treatment site itself is landscaped in native grasses and uses sheep as a natural alternative to conventional landscape maintenance.

The Challenge is a new tool to help local leaders measure their progress in implementing energy, economic development and environmental improvements. It is supported by the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Energy Office, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association. It uses a rating system to recognize sustainability accomplishments and serves as a guide for community leaders looking to learn from their peers. Participation is free and open to all local governments in Michigan as part of the statewide Michigan Green Communities network that aims to support local sustainability efforts.

The Challenge launched in 2009 and emphasized energy efficiency projects in an effort to help local governments prepare for and make the best use of federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. Over the last year, a team of graduate students from the University of Michigan worked with Challenge participants and the staff of partner organizations to update the program. The updated Challenge reflects broader topics, such as green economic development, resource conservation and water quality in addition to maintaining a strong energy component.


Go green! Go with paperless sewer bills

How can you save yourself and the township time and money? And help the environment?  Easy - sign up for direct debit and sewer e-bills today!

If you're already signed up for direct debit, just click here to send a request for sewer e-bills. Be sure to provide your service address in the email.

If you're not yet signed up for direct debit, click here for the form.  Fill out the form online, check the box for e-bills and provide your email address. Then print the form, sign it and mail or drop off to the Township Treasurer's office.

No more waiting in line. No postage. No late fees.  And less mail! You'll get a sewer e-bill emailed each month and your account will be deducted automatically.


Rain barrels and compost bins

Want to conserve water or nourish your lawn and garden naturally? Delhi Township's Department of Public Services is selling FreeGarden rain barrels and compost bins. The items are sold at cost.

FreeGarden
rain barrel

34" overall height

55 gallon capacity

$57.50

FreeGarden
compost bin

33" overall height

77.8 gallon capacity

$47.50

Get yours at the Department of Public Services, 1492 Aurelius Road, Holt.


 

 

This page was updated May 22, 2017