DelHi Neighbor Newsletter
Join us for the 18th annual
Delhi Township Tree Lighting!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Delhi Charter Township Community Services Center
(2074 Aurelius Road, Holt MI 48842)
Delhi Township is one of just two "Five-star Communities" in the
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
New wool products from
the Delhi Sheep!
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 - roving,
yarn, socks, gloves and hats in various sizes and styles. The styles and costs are:
Dyed Roving -
Roving - $2.25/ounce
Beanie hat -
Gloves - $13.00
Gloves with cap - $15.00
Crew socks -
socks - $24.00
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!
winter markets coming to the Holt Farmers' Market
The Holt Farmers'
Market will have special market days this winter; the second
Saturday of the Month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from December through
Winter Market Days:
14, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
11, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
8, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 8,
2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Continue to enjoy your
Farmers' Market throughout winter and into spring! We'll see you
National Flood Insurance Program reforms could impact Delhi
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 certificate. The
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.
information, please see these links:
New fireworks ordinance
January 1, 2012 the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act went into effect
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.
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
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.
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:
Day, January 1.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.
Birthday, the third Monday in February.
Day, the last Monday in May.
Day, July 4.
the first Monday in September.
Day, the second Monday in October.
Day, November 11.
Day, the fourth Thursday in November.
Day, December 25.
Read the fireworks ordinance in its
Notice of open burning
On April 19, 2012, State of Michigan
House Bill #4207 became law. This law prohibits all open burning
within 1,400 feet of a city or village. As a result of this burning
within the limits of
Delhi Charter Township will no longer be able to do any open
burning, and burning permits will be denied to those properties.
View the map
to see affected properties. If
you have any questions, please call the Delhi Township Fire
Department at 517-694-8281.
Delhi gets "gold" for
Delhi Township was recognized for environmental
leadership at the Michigan Green Communities conference
in Lansing on November 2.
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
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
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
Rain barrels and compost bins
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
yours at the Department of Public Services, 1492 Aurelius Road,
Citizens' Guide to Local Unit Finances and Performance Dashboard
Under the Economic
Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), the State of Michigan is
requiring local units of government who receive statutory revenue
sharing to create and post on our website a
Citizens’ Guide to Local Unit Finances and a
means to provide transparency and accountability,
has presented most of this information in annual budgets and
Comprehensive Annual Financial
and Performance Dashboard display this information in a
simple and interactive format.
accepting more plastics at Recycling Center
There is good news for residents of Delhi Charter Township who want
to recycle more. The Recycling Center, located south of the
Wastewater Treatment Plant at McCue and Grovenburg Roads, will now
be accepting #3 - #7 household plastic containers. Examples include
plastic tubs for margarine, sour cream and cottage cheese; microwave
trays; and yogurt containers.
These plastics will be accepted in addition to #1 and #2
plastic bottles, which are currently being collected at the
Recycling Center. Visitors to the Recycling Center will find one
container to be used for all mixed plastic (#1 water bottles and
jugs, #2 laundry detergent/shampoo bottles and all #3 - #7
Plastic materials that are not acceptable include the
For more information, visit the Delhi Charter Township