The Family Video store in Holt, located right across from the Delhi Charter Township building gives more to the community than just movies, and games to rent, but rather donate much time, and money into the city. One way that Family Video gives to the community is during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Family Video works with the church to give away food to those in need. “We work with the church next door and donate 20 turkeys during Thanksgiving, and during Christmas we give 20 hams to the church to then distribute for the people,” said store manager Melody Routhier-Laskosky. Family Video does not just give food. During the first three weeks in March, Family Video puts on a competition in their store.
Delhi Township’s home values and population continue to rise thanks to the reputation of Holt’s Public Schools and the great recreation options that are available in the area. According to U.S. Census data, Delhi Township increased its house occupancy by 19 percent from 2000 to 2010. That was the biggest change of any township in Ingham County during that time span. Not only does the population continue to go up, but the median value of owner-occupied housing units is higher in Holt than the state as a whole, according to Census data from 2010 to 2014. “Its location, schools and then the amenities like trails are a big draw,” said C.J. Davis, Delhi Township Supervisor.
Delhi Township has been known to have a high tax rate, however with data and reasoning, taxes does not seem to be as high as what it’s perceived to be. Compared to other townships, school districts and cities Delhi township appears to be lower than those of Lansing Township and even East Lansing, who is ranked number one. That’s not how taxes make some Delhi-area residents feel, however. “The taxes are really high in the city and it’s got me thinking of making a change and move out of the city,” said Holt resident Lamar Nox. “Taxes are a bit higher than other cities, but I will say that it’s not as bad as other cities.
Delhi Parks and Recreation programs continues offer not only various seasonal sports and activities to children of all skill levels, but opportunities for children of different household incomes. Recreation Coordinator Tim Tilma knows just how important it is for any child to be able to participate in local recreation programs.
“We welcome children and families of all incomes a waived fee. We want everyone to get the opportunity to get out there and experience different sports and activities; the affordable prices benefit everyone,” said Tilma. The recreational fee is just $25 per child, however families with multiple children or families who may not be able to afford it, the fee is waived. While in the age of iPads and iPhones, parks and recreation programs are more crucial than ever. According to The State of Obesity 14.7 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds and 13.2 percent of two- to four-year-olds from low-income families are obese in the state of Michigan.
Remember all those books you had to read in high school? Some you liked, some you didn’t, but did your parents ever not approve of any? Some Holt High School parents are upset about a book choice in the curriculum of 10th grade students, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. According to Wikipedia, “The Kite Runner” tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
Water quality has been brought to the forefront of issues in Michigan as a result of the Flint water crisis. Delhi Township is looking to better understand the water chemistry of its local wells to maintain a high quality of water. At the Delhi Township Board meeting on April 5, the proposal for a groundwater analysis program headed by the United States Geological Survey was approved by the board. “All of the water in Delhi Township, and throughout most of our region, comes from the Saginaw Aquifer, which is a groundwater source. It is important to monitor the quality of that water source overtime to ensure that it is being protected,” said Tracy Miller, Director of Community Development for Delhi Township.
By Roya Burton and Jalen Smith
Holt Journal Staff Reporters
In order to improve traffic circulation on Holt Road between Grovenburg Road and Aurelius Road, Delhi Township officials have approved plans to resurface and repave that 3.1 mile stretch of road this fall. Throughout Holt Road west of Eifert Road to Aurelius Road, and Grovenburg Road four-lane segments will soon be converted to three lanes, with a lane going each direction, and the middle designated as a left-turn lane. The proposed project will also stretch down to Holt High School on the intersections of Washington and Eifert. They will replace the three light traffic signal with a traffic light that includes a left hand arrow. At the beginning or end of a school day turning left or right out of the high school is difficult when the when the traffic is the most congested.
The idea of making Holt a more energy efficient city was brought up at Delhi Township’s April 5 board meeting. Dick Williams from Honeywell, a contracting company, wants to make Delhi more energy-efficient by modifying furnaces, air conditioning units, and hot water tanks in city-owned buildings so that they use less energy. They also want to put in LED light bulbs in streetlights. With these changes Williams has estimated that the city of Holt will save thousands of dollars annually with these new improvements. “We want to make Delhi more energy-efficient, and cut the township back on unnecessary spending on energy that’s not being used,” said Williams.
No vote happened for this proposal at this meeting.
Ingham County has seen a gradual increase in drug arrests since 2014. According to statistics collected by the Michigan State Police, 67 percent of all drug arrest in Ingham County were marijuana-related. And the illicit drug is most commonly seen around young age groups. In a 2015 survey, statistics revealed that 15 percent of all eighth-graders and 44 percent of 12th-graders have been exposed to the drug at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Hope Middle School has taken a different approach to educate their students.
The Holt Community Food Bank has been helping families in need for over 20 years now, with the help of local volunteers and organizations leading the way. The local food bank relies heavily on grants, food and cash donations year -ound, but also holds fundraisers. Other local organizations donate food or money as well. The Holt Kroger is extremely supportive of the food bank giving bread, baked goods, produce and frozen meats. Bonnie Mahieu, Holt Community Food Bank Coordinator, estimates that Kroger donates hundreds of pounds of food every week.
If you’ve ever driven in Michigan, you have probably come across a deer or two. In Holt, like cities all across the state, drivers need to be mindful of deer crossing the street while driving. According to the 2014 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts Report released by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, there were 45,690 vehicle-deer crashes in 2014. As a result of those collisions, 1,072 people were injured and six people were killed. Holt resident Robert Sandoval said his next-door neighbor’s son was killed trying to avoid a deer while driving, and just last week a high-school aged student hit a power line near his home while swerving to avoid a deer.