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DelHi Neighbor Newsletter


Current Issue: Delhi Neighbor Current Issue
Summer 2014

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New sculpture to fly into Holt Farmers Market

Delhi Charter Township invites you to a

Sculpture Unveiling for

"Flight of the Monarch" by Craig Mitchell Smith

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Holt Farmers Market, 2150 N. Cedar St, Holt MI 48842

Butterflies are headed to the Holt Farmers Market this fall. No, Holt is not a stopover on the insects’ migration south. Instead, the Holt Farmers Market will be 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 will consist 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 will be suspended overhead.

The work is 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.

The unveiling of this sculpture will be Wednesday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Holt Farmers Market (2150 N. Cedar, Holt). The public is welcome to attend. If you can't make it to the unveiling stop by the Farmers Market to shop on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Trick or Treat in the Park

The fourth annual Trick or Treat in the Park is Sunday, October 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Gardens (2074 Aurelius Rd., Holt). The free event is hosted by the Holt Lions Club and the Delhi Township Fire Department. Dress up your little ones and enjoy a safe, friendly trick or treat environment. Local businesses will be on site passing out candy. There will also be clowns and a special performance with a Halloween juggler! Trick or Treating and the entertainment is all FREE. Hot Dogs, beverages and pop corn will be available for sale.


Friends of the Delhi Trails - The Great Pumpkin Pass

The Friends of the Delhi Trails is conducting a pumpkin pass to celebrate the Delhi Trails and officially open the new Sycamore Trail on Saturday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m.

 Celebrate the Sycamore and Valhalla Trails and the new Holt Road Trailhead Park. Let's pack the sycamore and Valhalla Tails and make some noise!

How many people can line up along the length of the trails? How can we work together to pass a small pumpkin from end to end?

Join us, one and all - for this family-friendly, inclusive and accessible celebration. We encourage walking, carpooling, or biking to a spot on the trail. Dogs are welcome if leashed and controlled; please remember to clean up after your pet(s).

Parking is available at various spots along the trails. Trail maps are available here.


3:00 - 3:55 p.m.

Find your spot on either Valhalla or Sycamore Trail

3:55 p.m.

Volunteers will help connect you to music and announcements

4:00 p.m.

A small pumpkin will start at Jolly Road - help us pass it as quickly as possible to Holt Road! Dancing, cheering and noise is encouraged!

5:00 p.m.?

Once the pumpkin has made it to the Holt Road Trailhead Park (just west of Depot St.) join us to see the park, enjoy autumnal snacks and check out the Friends of the Trails tasty fundraiser.

Volunteers will be in spots along the trail to provide instructions - look for the "Punkin' Head Brigade" in orange ballcaps.

Please let us know if you are coming or ask questions through our Facebook Event, or email. Want to volunteer and meet lots of new friends? Email Marcy.



Election Day is November 4

Are you ready for Election Day? Polls are open on Tuesday, November 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to find your polling location, view your sample ballot, check the status of your absentee ballot and more!

The Clerk's Office will be open later, until 6:00 p.m., from Monday, October 27 through Thursday, October 30 for absentee voting.

You can request an absentee ballot by mail up to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Delhi Township Clerk's Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 for absentee voting.


Public safety millage renewals on November ballot

In 2010 the citizens of Delhi Township voted for dedicated millages to support their fire and police departments.

These millages appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot for renewal. Renewing these millages will continue the level of police and fire/ems services residents have come to expect with NO tax increase.

Delhi Township is providing police and fire/ems services at a lower cost than almost all other full-time departments in the tri-county urban area. Based upon our 25,086 residents, the cost to run each department is less than $100 per capita. Our low cost for police services is due primarily to contracting with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office which provides staffing in the Township with supporting services from the County. Our low cost for fire/ems is due to retaining a minimum full-time staff of 12 firefighters/paramedics supported by 30 part-time on-call staff.

To save costs, both departments utilize mutual aid with all of our neighboring jurisdictions whenever a major incident or event requires additional police and fire/ems services.

Revenues from these millages fund approximately one half of each department’s annual expenditures. The remaining funding comes from the general fund. The revenue from each of the 1.5 millage proposals provide approximately $1 million to support each department whose 2015 budget is $2.16 million for Fire and $2.49 million for Police.

Renewal of these millages is needed to maintain the current level of services in the Fire and Police Departments in Delhi Charter Township.


2014 Brush drop off schedule

Update: Two more drop off dates added in November!

The Department of Public Services and the Holt Lions Club is teaming up once again to provide numerous brush drop off days throughout the season.

Brush drop off is held at the POTW - pond area on Grovenburg Road, just south of McCue Road (POTW is located at 5961 McCue, Holt). The entrance is directly across from the Delhi Recycling Center.

Date Time Hosted by

Saturday, April 5

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, April 12

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Thursday, April 17

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Friday, April 18

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, April 19

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS/Holt Lions

Saturday, April 26

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, May 3

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, May 10

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, May 17

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Saturday, May 31

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, June 21

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Saturday, July 19

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Saturday, August 16

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Saturday, September 20

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Thursday, October 16

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Friday, October 17

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS/Holt Lions

Saturday, November 1

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, November 8

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delhi DPS

Saturday, November 15

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holt Lions

Brush must be no longer than 8' (eight feet) long and 12" (twelve inches) in diameter. Yard waste, leaves, compost and root balls no larger than 15” (fifteen inches) in diameter will be accepted free of charge only during the brush drop-off event.

Yard waste in plastic bags must be dumped at the compost site and the bags properly disposed of by the resident. Due to facility restrictions vehicles with trailers no larger than 7’ x 12’ will be allowed. Trailers larger than 7’ x 12’ will not be accepted into the facility.

Proof of residency is required. Please note: Lions Club personnel will not assist with unloading brush (it is a self-serve event; brush and yard waste must be properly stacked in designated areas only).


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 receives grant for amphitheater improvements

Delhi Township recently received a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs for improvements to the amphitheater in Veterans Memorial Gardens Park. The grant, totaling $35,810, assisted in funding the installation of a shade structure over the amphitheatre. 


The shade structure will provide much needed relief from the sun which the amphitheater was previously exposed to all day long. So much so, that events and concerts had to be postponed due to excessive heat.

Shade Structure

Please come out and see this beautiful public improvement for yourself in the near future at one of the upcoming concerts in the park!

The free concerts start July 10 and are sponsored by the Holt Community Arts Council. View the complete lineup on their web site.



Delhi Township receives grant for public art

Update: The unveiling of the public art by Craig Mitchell Smith is Wednesday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Holt Farmers Market (2150 N Cedar, Holt).

On April 15 LEAP announced that three more communities will be added to the growing list of municipalities participating in the LEAP Public Art for Communities grant program. The three communities that will receive funding are the City of East Lansing, Delta Township and Delhi Township. A total of eight communities have now each received $10,000 in LEAP grant funding to place public sculpture in strategic locations with visibility and potential business growth. 

Art grant check presentation

Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis (third from left) and Delhi Township Community Development Director Tracy Miller (third from right) with representatives from LEAP, accept a $10,000 grant for a sculpture to be placed at the Holt Farmers' Market.

Delhi Township's sculpture will be placed at the Holt Farmers' Market. Artists can submit proposals to the Ad-Hoc Art Committee by responding to the RFP.

Each community that applies for the LEAP funding is required to adopt a public art policy. The policies address issues like insurance and liability, maintenance and the formation of an arts committee to work with artists and art pieces representing the community. Thus far, the City of Mason, DeWitt Township, City of DeWitt, City of St. Johns and Meridian Township have received funding for the placement of art. Both the City of Mason and DeWitt Township unveiled their sculptures in the fall of 2013 and the next three communities will be unveiling their pieces in late Spring 2014. 

The grantees announced during this round will have until October 31, 2014 to structure their programs, release their RFP for local artists and construct and place their sculpture. Each of the communities have chosen the locations based on their own placemaking initiatives, taking into consideration traffic patterns, both pedestrian and vehicular as well as the business case for attracting talent to their communities. 

Steve Curran, President and Creative Director for Harvest Creative Services and Co-Chair of the LEAP Placemaking committee speaks to the high level of applicants. “Every year, this process becomes more difficult. We are encouraging these communities to think about the big picture, when it comes to arts and culture, and they are definitely bringing these grand visions to the table in their proposals.”

“Public art and a strong arts and culture presence, in the Lansing region, represents a shift from our Michigan rust-belt image and will be a vital issue into the future as local companies attempt to keep and attract global talent and their families to our region and state,” added Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “These pieces of art are not small and most are 15-17 feet tall and potentially represent that the Lansing region is a sophisticated environment for living, creating, and investing.”


Green Drain #4 project web site

The Ingham County Drain Commissioner has launched a web site for the Green Drain #4 project to keep residents of the drainage district informed about construction information, timelines and other helpful information and this important project located in the central part of Delhi Charter Township. Click here to visit the Green Drain #4 project web site.


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


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:



New fireworks ordinance in effect

On January 1, 2012 the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act went into effect which regulated the sale and use of consumer fireworks in the state of Michigan including the stipulation that consumer fireworks could be discharged on the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday.

Last summer staff and members of the Township Board of Trustees began receiving complaints from residents regarding firework use on any random day. To that end, the Board discussed the need to develop an ordinance that regulated the use of fireworks in Delhi Township. Ordinance No. 124 was drafted mirroring the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act with regards to consumer fireworks. Essentially, consumer fireworks can only be discharged in Delhi Township on the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. Any discharge of a consumer firework in addition to those days is considered a misdemeanor and subject to a $500 fine.

This ordinance also stipulates that it is illegal to use fireworks on public property, school or church property or private property without prior permission of the property owner and is illegal to use consumer fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Fireworks can be discharged the day before, day of and day after the following national holidays:

  • New Year's Day, January 1.

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.

  • Washington's Birthday, the third Monday in February.

  • Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

  • Independence Day, July 4.

  • Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

  • Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

  • Veterans Day, November 11.

  • Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.

  • Christmas Day, December 25.

Read the fireworks ordinance in its entirety here.


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.

rain barrel

34" overall height

55 gallon capacity


compost bin

33" overall height

77.8 gallon capacity


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



This page was updated October 22, 2014