DelHi Neighbor Newsletter
Holt Community Arts Council will present
Music in the Garden, a series of free concerts in Veterans Memorial
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
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 holtarts.org or find the Holt Community Arts
Council on Facebook.
Free Brush Drop-off days announced
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:
– 6:00 p.m.
– 12:00 p.m.
– 6:00 p.m.
– 12:00 p.m.
– 6:00 p.m.
– 12:00 p.m.
– 6:00 p.m.
– 12:00 p.m.
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– 12:00 p.m.
Paper yard waste bags ONLY accepted (30-gallon maximum).
Plastic bags or emptying bags are NOT
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
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.
tandem trailers or cube type vehicles will be permitted.
Proof of residency
contact the Delhi Charter Township Department of Public Services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 699-3874.
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: https://www.lbwl.com/WaterQualityReport/
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 http://michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-rrd-Lab-ChemistryLabsListCertifications_429759_7.pdf
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.
have even more recycling options thanks to a new joint program with
Granger. Curb side recycling is here!
Holt is one of the
Top 10 happiest places in Michigan, according to HomeSnacks, a
website that crunches regional data and shares it online.
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
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
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.
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,