DelHi Neighbor Newsletter
19th annual Tree
Lighting is December 3
new location - more
lights - more fun!
19th annual Tree Lighting will take place in Veterans Memorial
Gardens. This year's ceremony will include the traditional lighting
of a tree and will also include lighting the entire park. The event
takes place on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial
Gardens is located behind the Community Services Center at 2074
Aurelius Road in Holt.
Join the fun with
more lights, cookies, hot chocolate, music by the Holt High School
Santa Band and Choir, and of course, a special visit from Santa
Then visit the
Holt/Delhi Branch of the Capital Area District Library for an open
house from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for more refreshments and
The Regional Recycling
Coordinating Committee, which Delhi Township is a member, is
survey about recycling. Please take a few minutes to take the
survey. We value your input.
sculpture to fly into Holt Farmers Market
Charter Township invites you to a
Sculpture Unveiling for
of the Monarch" by Craig Mitchell Smith
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:30
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
sculpture is the creation of renowned artist Craig
Mitchell Smith. Do we mean
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
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.
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.
Holt named in top ten best places for homeownership in Michigan
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:
Are homes available?
Can you afford to live there?
the area growing?
Holt was named the
seventh best place in Michigan for homeownership and here is what
NerdWallet had to say about Holt:
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
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
The study lists the
following communities as the top twenty places in Michigan for
1. New Baltimore
2. Forest Hills
5. East Grand
6. Norton Shores
10. Allen Park
13. South Lyon
15. St. Clair
16. Garden City
17. Beverly Hills
18. Grosse Pointe
NerdWallet's complete study here.
Green Drain #4 project web
The Ingham County Drain
Commissioner has launched a
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.
here to visit the Green Drain #4 project web site.
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
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:
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,