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DelHi Neighbor Newsletter


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Summer 2015

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Public Notices

Public Notice of the cancelation of the Delhi Township Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 22

Public Notice of a public hearing concerning Sign Variance

Public Notice Concerning Willoughby Estates Planned Development

Notice of Zoning Ordinance Adoption - Zoning Ordinance No. 626

Notice of Zoning Ordinance Adoption - Zoning Ordinance No. 627

Ordinance 102.5 notice - Noxious Weed Control

Ordinance 129 - Final notice of Consumers Energy Gas Franchise Ordinance extension

Notice of a public hearing concerning River Pointe Subdivision road construction


News and Events

Music in the Garden returns for another fun summer of music at Delhi Township's Veterans Memorial Gardens

The Holt Community Arts Council will present Music in the Garden, a series of free concerts in Veterans Memorial Gardens.

Once again, the music will be funded in part by a mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

“Variety and quality are key when we choose bands for Music in the Garden,” said Evan Hope, who has volunteered to organize the concerts since their start.

“The Holt Community Arts Council is still able to bring something new to the community, and that is something that is really important to our organization,” said President Sara Reedy.

The sounds of Texas and Mexico are part of what’s new to Music in the Garden this year. Karizma leads the series with their July 7 show. Originally from the Holland, Michigan, area and currently based in west Michigan, the bilingual band plays original and cover tunes in Conjunto and Tejano, the lively folk traditions of southern Texas and northern Mexico.

On July 14, local favorites the Sea Cruisers return with their fun repertoire of popular hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

Also new this year is Motor City Soul, a Detroit septet that features Motown sounds along with funk, soul, and blues. The group includes three talented lead singers with rich backgrounds in gospel and rock, as well as funk, soul, blues, and R & B. Various members of the band have played with internationally known recording artists, such as the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Rare Earth, and gospel legend, the Rev. James Cleveland. Motor City Soul takes the stage on July 21.

To round out the season, Zion Lion returns with the sounds of the islands. On July 28, this Kalamazoo-based group with international roots will play reggae, calypso, and the diverse sounds of Latin America and Africa.

“Everyone loves Music in the Garden, and we are happy to give this to our community,” said Kara Hope, current vice president and founding past president of the Holt Community Arts Council.

While the concerts are free to the public, they are not free to produce. In addition to the minigrant, support comes from contributions from local businesses, individuals, Delhi Charter Township, and the Delhi Township Downtown Development Authority.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Gardens is located directly behind Delhi Township Hall, 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt. For more information or to contribute to Music in the Garden, visit or find the Holt Community Arts Council on Facebook.


Free Brush Drop-off days announced for Delhi

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:

5961 McCue Road, Holt, MI  48842

(Enter POTW through Recycle Center on Grovenburg Road)


Drop-Off days will be held every month from April through June and September through November on the following dates and times:






April 14, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


April 16, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


May 12, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


May 14, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


June 9, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


June 11, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


September 15, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


September 17, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


October 13, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


October 15, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


November 10, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


November 12, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Paper yard waste bags ONLY accepted (30-gallon maximum). Plastic bags or emptying bags are NOT allowed.

Brush and tree trimmings should be no longer than 4' and less than 4" in diameter. Tie with string or twine into 12" bundles. Bundling is the preferred method to expedite the unloading process.

Each bag or bundle should not exceed 30 pounds.

Load sizes are restricted to NO trailers larger than 5’ x 8’ OR the back of a full size pick-up truck.

NO tandem trailers or cube type vehicles will be permitted.      

Proof of residency is required.

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


Veterans of WWII local video available to purchase for donation to historic society of Holt-Delhi Township

Delhi Township supports its veterans, and a commemorative video shot last year to capture the amazing stories of our local heroes is now available to purchase as a donation to the Holt-Delhi Historical Society. Marvel at the stories of these brave soldiers and make an important contribution to the preservation of local history at the same time. Details about how to contribute and help finalize the creation of this important artifact are on the information sheet at this link.

New municipal garden location will help combat deer damage, now open for residents to claim plots

Delhi Township residents can use open garden plots now available adjacent to the recycling center on Grovenburg Road. The new location handles deer damage better. The plots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Call Eva Walacavage at (517) 699-3874 to reserve your spot today.

Frequently Asked Questions: Lead pipes and water in Holt

How many lead service lines are in Holt?

Answer: The Lansing Board of Water and Light has indicated there are no public lead service lines in Holt. Of course, pipes within the infrastructure of  private homes and businesses are the responsibility of the owner. 


Where can I get information on drinking water quality in Holt?

Answer: To clarify, Delhi Township does not provide drinking water service. It is provided by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. For households with municipal water service, you can go to the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) website:


How does lead get into drinking water?

Answer: Lead gets into drinking water when the water sits for extended periods of time in pipes or fixtures containing lead. This exposure could come from lead service lines. But it could also come from water contact with interior copper plumbing joined by lead solder, or with brass plumbing fixtures in your interior plumbing. Even brass fixtures certified as "lead-free" can contain up to 8 percent lead.

Reducing the water's corrosiveness is important to keeping lead out of drinking water. The BWL uses a phosphate compound to help protect its drinking water from lead exposure. This strategy has shown past success in reducing lead levels. The BWL also hired a nationally recognized consulting firm to review its corrosion control program and to recommend ways to lower corrosion even further. Sampling results, throughout the distribution system, confirm the treatment is achieving corrosion control.


Are there any plans to replace lead service lines in the region?

Answer: In 2004, the BWL Board of Commissioners approved a plan to remove the known or suspected remaining active lead service lines from it water system.  Since 2004, the BWL has spent more than $42 million dollars removing more than 13,500 lead service lines, and these efforts will continue until all the remaining lead service lines are removed by June 30, 2017.


When was lead used for service lines?

Answer: Nationally, lead was generally discontinued as a service line material around 1930, so that means that most lead services are 85 years old or more.


If someone is concerned about their water, can they ask/pay to have the water system test it?

Answer: Before having any testing done, customers may want to consult with the Ingham County Health Department to discuss their specific concerns. With lead in particular, there are other potential sources of exposure, such as lead-based paint which may be found in older homes.


Here are some resources for lead testing in drinking water:

Contact the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Laboratory at (517) 335-8184 and request a sample. The lab will provide a sample bottle and instructions on sample collection. They will also give instructions on how to return the sample, and collect information on the sample location.

The customer can contact the Ingham County Health Department at (517) 887-4312 to get sample bottles, and the samples will be analyzed by the MDEQ lab.

The customer can contact ELMWSA at (517) 337-7535 to get sample bottles, and the samples will be analyzed by the MDEQ lab.

The customer will be charged $18.00 for each lead test, or $26.00 per test if the customer also wants a copper analysis performed.

The customer can make their own arrangements with any commercial laboratory that is certified to test for lead.

A list of certified labs is available on the MDEQ website at


Opinions needed: Cedar Street corridor study will develop vision of Holt's future

A study that examines the Cedar Street corridor from Willoughby Road in the north to College Road in the south has started and officials want your input on the future of Holt's busiest street, including its inner triangle, formed by Cedar Street, Holt Road and Aurelius Road.

Click here to go to the Realize Cedar website


Delhi residents have more recycling options via joint program with Granger

Delhi Township residents have even more recycling options thanks to a new joint program with Granger. Curb side recycling is here!

Learn about this new recycling program here

Already heard about it? Sign up here!


Holt is only community in area to be one of the Top 10 "happiest" places in state

Holt is one of the Top 10 happiest places in Michigan, according to HomeSnacks, a website that crunches regional data and shares it online.

Check out where Holt finished at this link

Share why you feel Happy about Holt on Twitter at #HappyinHolt


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 $12.00

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 sheep 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.

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 August 23, 2016