DelHi Neighbor Newsletter
ever "Maker Expo" comes to Holt
Community Arts Council
maker movement to the community with a
daylong event on
Saturday, August 8.
This will be
first-ever Holt Maker Expo and it
place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in Veterans Memorial
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
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
A craft beer tasting and the
Holt & Spicy Salsa Competition will
also be part of the Maker
“It should be a great day, with
something for just about everyone,” Reedy said.
“Kids will definitely have fun, but adults will be
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
JULY 31 -
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.
AUGUST 7 - BIG HERO 6
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.
AUGUST 14 - MUPPETS MOST
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
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:
– 1:00 p.m.
– 1:00 p.m.
– 7:00 p.m.
– 3:00 p.m.
– 1:00 p.m.
– 1:00 p.m.
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
leaves, compost and root balls (up to fifteen inches in diameter)
will only be accepted free of charge during the Brush
Trailers larger than 7’ x 12’ will not be allowed
due to facility restrictions.
Proof of residency is required.
Please contact the Delhi Charter Township Department of Public
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
The styles and costs are:
Dyed Roving $1.50/ounce
Pin Draft Roving $2.25/ounce
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
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!
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
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 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
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.
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
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,