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DelHi Neighbor Newsletter


Delhi Neighbor Current Issue

Current Issue:
Summer 2013

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Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Contest

The Holt Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with the Delhi Parks and Recreation Department, is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Contest on Saturday, April 19th, at 1:00 p.m. at Valhalla Park. Children will be divided up into the following groups: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9 and older. Be sure to bring your baskets and bonnets!


Ice storm debris curbside pickup

Storm debris pickup status updates:

Curbside pickup begins April 21 in Section 23

After Section 23, pickup will begin in Section 22

The Delhi Charter Township Board of Trustees approved a plan for curbside pickup of ice storm debris.  The program is being provided through a public/private partnership among Delhi Township and Barnhart & Son, Inc.

Beginning Monday, April 21, a crew from Barnhart & Son will begin chipping and hauling ice storm debris placed at the curb within the Township.  They will begin in the central “Holt” area which was hardest hit by the ice storm in December.  The Township will maintain a weekly update of the areas visited and those expected to be visited during each week.  Please have your debris at the curb by April 21 as we will only be able to visit each street one time.

Storm debris includes any large branches or limbs in resident’s yards as a result of last December’s ice storm.  All storm debris needs to be placed at the curb and should be facing the same direction to help expedite the pick up process.  The chipper cannot receive any limbs or branches larger than 8 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter.  Residents should use caution when cleaning up their yards and may want to consider hiring a professional to clear larger branches and unstable trees.  We also ask that this become a community cleanup effort with neighbors helping neighbors where needed.

Because the clean up process may take four to six weeks, patience with curbside pickup of ice storm debris is appreciated.  Residents with questions can contact the Manager’s Office at 694-2137.


2014 Brush drop off schedule

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 17

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

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 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).


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


New wool products from the Delhi Sheep!

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 - roving, yarn, socks, gloves and hats in various sizes and styles.  The styles and costs are:

  • Dyed Roving - $1.50/ounce

  • Pin Draft Roving - $2.25/ounce

  • Yarn - $15.00/skein

  • Beanie hat - $12.00

  • Peruvian hat - $15.00

  • Fingerless Gloves - $13.00

  • Fingerless Gloves with cap - $15.00

  • Crew socks - $13.00

  • 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 Sheep wool!


New 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 April.

Winter Market Days:

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Continue to enjoy your Farmers' Market throughout winter and into spring! We'll see you there!


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.


Notice of open burning limitation

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 prohibition, approximately 1,250 properties 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 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

26.1" in diameter

55 gallon capacity


compost bin

33" overall height

33" in diameter

77.8 gallon capacity


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


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 Performance Dashboard.

As a means to provide transparency and accountability, Delhi Township has presented most of this information in annual budgets and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.  However, our new Citizens Guide and Performance Dashboard display this information in a simple and interactive format.


Now 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 plastics).

      Plastic materials that are not acceptable include the following:

  • Plastic bags

  • Wax-coated, paper milk or juice cartons

  • Styrofoam containers/packaging

  • Syringes

  • Garden hoses/rubber

  • Furniture

  • Pools

  • Toys

      For more information, visit the Delhi Charter Township Recycling page.



This page was updated April 18, 2014