Delhi trails now entirely non-motorized pathways

A sign in between Sycamore and Valhalla trails informing the non-motorized  pathway ordinance on Oct 16, 2014.

A sign in between Sycamore and Valhalla trails informing the non-motorized
pathway ordinance on Oct 16, 2014.

By Ryan Kryska
The Holt Journal

The Delhi Trails are now entirely non-motorized pathways through Delhi Township’s latest addition to the Sycamore trail.

The Delhi Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the motor-free provision at its meeting on Oct. 7, 2014.

The Sycamore trail located between Jolly and Willoughby roads provides the community with the luxury of having all of its trails connected and motor-free.

Township Supervisor C.J. Davis said the trail did not cost taxpayers any money and the board is looking into ways to further provide the trails with inexpensive bike racks that double as art.

Increased biking opportunities are one of the Sycamore Trail connection’s benefits.

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Holt schools count day down 87 students from 2013

Students at Holt High School walking to class on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014.

Students at Holt High School walking to class on Wednesday Oct. 8.

By Ryan Kryska
The Holt Journal

Holt Public School District’s student count was down 87 students from last fall’s 5,811 students said Jan Dodge, pupil accounting and data coordinator of the Holt Public School District’s curriculum office.

Michigan school districts statewide underwent count day on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014, through which Holt Public Schools counted 5,724 students.

Because of the count drop, the Holt Public School District will receive less state aid than last year. However, the district will not have to cut resources and services because of accurate budget estimates and financial planning, said Dodge.

Dodge said the reason for the 1.5 percent decrease in attendance was fewer school-of-choice opportunities being offered by the district, resulting in lower overall enrollment.
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Fire Prevention Week activities culminate Saturday

By Kelsey Block
The Holt Journal

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Delhi Charter Township Fire Department hosted its annual open house Thursday. The department opened its doors to residents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Twins Kya and Keegan were excited to see Sparty at the Delhi Charter Township Fire Department's open house. Amanda Heinrich, the twins’ mother, says Kya wants to be a firefighter when she grows up.

Twins Kya and Keegan were excited to see Sparty at the Delhi Charter Township Fire Department’s open house. Amanda Heinrich, the twins’ mother, says Kya wants to be a firefighter when she grows up.

Visitors to the station on Aurelius Road could look at the firefighters’ equipment and ask questions about fire safety and prevention. Children participated in activities that taught them how to handle fire extinguishers and how to be safe at home in case of an emergency.

The department also provided safety information for adults. The department gave smoke alarms and pamphlets to township residents. Also available were items like the “vial of life,” a magnetic list where residents can write down their medical information to assist emergency personnel.
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Nonprofit to replace DDA by 2024

By Kelsey Block
The Holt Journal

A nonprofit is getting its start in Holt. Holt Community Connect was created to continue the work of the Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, which is set to expire in 2024.

“We’ve reinvested more than $100 million in this community. There are lots of things that wouldn’t be here without us,” DDA Executive Director Carl Howard Haas said. Throughout its history, the DDA has been involved in projects such as the construction of the trail system, the senior center and the industrial park.

The DDA is supported by taxes from Ingham County and Delhi Charter Township. According to Haas, the original charter expired in 2001. After that, Haas said it was rewritten to state that every five years, the DDA would give back 20 percent more of its funding to the organizations from which it collects taxes. “Every five years, our financial ability shrinks 20 percent,” Haas said, adding that funds will be completely exhausted in the next 10 years.

Haas said that Holt Community Connect is currently running parallel to the DDA and that the two organizations are working together closely.
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Register by Oct. 6 to vote in November

By Laniesha Evans
The Holt Journal

Delhi Township Clerk Evan Hope

The deadline for voter registration is Oct. 6, and the Delhi Charter Township Clerk’s Office recommends residents quickly register online at the Michigan Secretary of State, or at the clerk’s office.

Township Clerk Evan Hope also advocates absentee voting because he has seen that it is effective.

“We get back 90 percent of absentee ballots that are sent out to residents,” said Hope.

Holt may not have a big student population like East Lansing, but for students who are away from their registered county and who wish to vote where they live, they are able to register for absentee voting online.

“We encourage anybody to get absentee ballots if there is any doubt about being able to make it to the election polls on Election Day,” said Hope.

The absentee ballot deadline is the Saturday before election day at 2 p.m. The day before the election, Monday, Nov. 3, residents are allowed to vote until 4 p.m. in the clerk’s office. On Election Day, absentee voting will be available on an emergency basis only. residents with severe emergencies may call the clerk’s office and a ballot will be delivered to them.

Currently, voter registration is high in Delhi and the clerk’s office hopes that remains. “Non- registered residents need to register now,” said Hope. “Do not wait until the last week because there is a possibility your registration won’t be processed in time for the election.”

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Farmers’ market to be open year round

Rowe Family Farmers' assisting customers at the Farmers' Market

Rowe Farmers’ assisting customers at the Farmers’ Market

By Laniesha Evans
The Holt Journal

Holt Farmers’ Market is located in the building that was the fire station in 2007. The farmers’ market normally shuts down for winter but due to customer demand, Market Director Chuck Grinnell has agreed to keep the business open year round. The market brings the community together every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is the first year the Farmers’ Market will be opened year round. Starting the first Saturday of November the business hours will change to 10  a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Grinnell.

“I never realized how important it would become for the community to socialize. The farmers’ market is volunteer based and it is our community hub to meet people and even some officials in politics and throughout the community,” said Grinnell.
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New trail connects Holt to Lansing

By Kelsey Block
Holt Journal

The Trailhead Park is located on Holt Road and provides parking, grills and picnic tables for public use.

The Trailhead Park is located on Holt Road and provides parking, grills and picnic tables for public use.

Construction is nearly complete on Holt’s Sycamore Trail. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 4184 Willoughby Road.

The trail, which starts at the intersection of Jolly and Aurelius roads and ends on Willoughby Road, connects the existing Valhalla Trail with the Lansing River Trail. No motorized traffic is allowed, but Sycamore Trail welcomes pedestrians, bikers and pets.

Tracy Miller, director of community development for Delhi Township, says the project has been planned for more than ten years and cost approximately $3 million. The project was paid for with grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Delhi Township.

“It took that long to figure out all the moving pieces,” Miller said. “The goal was to create regional connectivity. People love trails and having one that connects to a regional trail system is really important to the quality of life here in Delhi Township.”
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Is a facelift in store for Cedar Street?

Map Of Delhi Charter Township Downtown Triangle

By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer

Reduced speed limits, roundabouts and changes to the street landscape are just a few of the rumors surrounding the changes that will be coming to Cedar Street in Delhi Charter Township.

The question on most community members’ minds is “What is really happening to Cedar Street?”

According to Director of Community Development Tracy L.C. Miller, the township is working on updating and improving what is called the downtown triangle.

“It has been in the community’s master plan to sort of create this downtown, for a community that doesn’t really have a downtown,” said Miller.

The downtown triangle is the area between the intersections of Holt Road and Aurelius Road, Cedar Street and Holt Road, and Cedar Street and Aurelius Road.

Miller said that the township has already changed the street on Holt Road. It has also updated some infrastructure on Aurelius Road. The senior center, the township office and library are just a few buildings that have been updated recently.
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Family-run restaurant has home feel for locals

By Jordan Goltz
Holt Journal staff writer

A local Holt café is more than just a restaurant. It’s a home away from home for some in the community <Listen to story>

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Expanding Green Initiative Projects

Ronald Ginther, a mason resident, recycles cardboard, bottles and plastic at the Delhi-Holt Recycling Center.  "I am so glad that they have this complex because others have shut down," Ginther said.

Ronald Ginther, a mason resident, recycles cardboard, bottles and plastic at the Delhi-Holt Recycling Center.
“I am so glad that they have this complex because others have shut down,” Ginther said.

Delhi-Holt Sheep as an alternative to modern landscaping.

Delhi-Holt Sheep as an alternative to modern landscaping.

Sarah Waldrop
Holt Journal staff writer

Delhi Township set the standard last fall by winning Gold at the Michigan Green Communities conference in natural resource conservation, green economic development and energy efficiency. A year later, Delhi is continuing to maintain this status by implementing new green initiative projects and continuing past ones.

From the implementation of the new Scrappy program to the annual Reuse Rally, the Department of Public Services and the Township Board members are constantly working on green initiative projects, Department of Public Services Administrative Secretary Eva Walacavage said.

“Sandra Diorka [Public Services Director] is very committed and spearheads many of the green initiative projects including the Scrappy pilot program,” Walacavage said.

Although the sheep are the face of green initiative projects in Delhi, the latest project to launch is the piloted Scrappy program. This program allows students to not only recycle cans and bottles, but their food waste as well into bins called Scrappy. From there the bins are taken to the wastewater treatment plant and poured into the digesters to form electricity.

“Many National Honors Students volunteer as a part of their program to recycle paper and plastics along with the food bins,” said counseling office secretary Pam Livingston.

The current Scrappy program remains solely in schools, but may include commercial partners in the future, Sandra Diorka said in an email.

Sheep, gardens and other initiatives

Other programs that have evolved are the Delhi sheep, the community gardens and the Reuse Rally.

The flock was purchased in 2008 to act as an alternative to landscape maintenance of the native grass around the waste-treatment site. The sheep have now taken on the role of producing wool product.

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