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DelHi Neighbor Newsletter


Current Issue:
Summer 2015

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First ever "Maker Expo" comes to Holt

The Holt Community Arts Council is bringing the maker movement to the community with a daylong event on Saturday, August 8.

Makers Expo logo

This will be the community's first-ever Holt Maker Expo and it will take place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Gardens.

It isn't a new concept, only new to the community.

“Making and maker events started in Silicon Valley in the mid-2000’s,” said Kara Hope, President of the Holt Community Arts Council. Since then, maker events have taken place all across the United States and around the world. According to Hope, this would be the first daylong maker event in mid-Michigan.

“The idea is to encourage innovation,” Hope said. Oftentimes, that innovation comes through the use of technology. For example, makers were among the first to explore the uses of 3-D printing.

Maker events like the one planned by the Arts Council give makers a chance to share their work with the public.

“Even if they don’t call themselves ‘makers,’ we know that we have creative people here in Delhi Township and the mid-Michigan area,” said Arts Council Vice President Sara Reedy, who is organizing the event. “We want to give them a chance to share what they have created. And we want to give residents and visitors the opportunity to see what kind of talent exists right here.”

Expect the exhibits to range from the whimsical to the practical.

“Robots are very popular with makers, and so are unusual vehicles,” Reedy said. “At a maker event, you are as likely to see a working homemade submarine as you are a dragon bicycle that actually breathes fire. You might see a bike trailer made from discarded aluminum crutches at one exhibit and a solar-powered golf cart at the next.”

A craft beer tasting and the Holt & Spicy Salsa Competition will also be part of the Maker Expo.

“It should be a great day, with something for just about everyone,” Reedy said. “Kids will definitely have fun, but adults will be captivated, too.”

Moonlight Movies

Delhi Township's Moonlight Movies series brings back the excitement of watching a movie outdoors on the big screen.

Sponsored by the Delhi Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Holt Community Arts Council, Moonlight Movies will have its first movie, Paddington, on Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Gardens amphitheater behind the township community services center/fire station/library at 2074 Aurelius Road.

Popcorn will be available to movie goers for a small donation.

Here is the lineup this year:


A young bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kind Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.






A special bond develops between inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high tech heroes.






While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped in a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog lookalike and his dastardly sidekick.






2015 brush drop off days

The Holt Lions Club and the Delhi Township Department of Public Services (DPS) are teaming up again to bring you more Brush Drop-Off days! And, they’re FREE!

Drop-Off days will be held at:

Delhi Publicly Owned Treatment Works - Pond Area

Grovenburg Road, south of McCue Road, Holt, MI 48842

(Gate entrance is across from the Recycling Center)


Drop-Off days will be held every month through November on the following dates and times: (printable version)




Hosted By


August 15, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lions Club


September 19, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lions Club


October 15, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Delhi DPS


October 16, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Delhi DPS


October 17, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lions/Delhi DPS


November 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lions Club


Please bring leaves and yard waste in paper bags. It makes unloading faster, reducing everyone’s time in line.

Leaves and yard waste in plastic bags must be emptied on site and plastic bags must not be left on site.

Brush can be up to eight feet long and twelve inches in diameter.

Brush and yard waste must be properly stacked in designated areas; these are self-serve events.

Yard waste, leaves, compost and root balls (up to fifteen inches in diameter) will only be accepted free of charge during the Brush Drop-Off days.

Trailers larger than 7’ x 12’ will not be allowed due to facility restrictions.

Proof of residency is required.

Questions? Please contact the Delhi Charter Township Department of Public Services via email or call (517) 699-3874.

Click here for a printable version of the schedule

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 (out of stock - on order)

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 Sheepy 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.


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.


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:



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 July 28, 2015