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.
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.
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.
Delhi Charter Township has started an initiative called Realize Cedar and they are looking towards its residents for new ideas on how to improve Holt’s downtown area, specifically the triangle of Cedar Street, Holt Road and Aurelius Road. The study has three ways people can give input; offer a big idea, prioritize goals, and answer poll questions. The former allows people to write the township. Prioritize goals lets residents of the area tell the township what is most important to them. Finally ,the poll lets citizens vote and see the results of important considerations such as retail, bike paths, larger sidewalks and restaurants.
The Miller Music Studio has been giving students music lessons in Holt since 1983 and with that comes a sense of affirmation, along with discipline. “You have to learn how to practice every day if you’re going to do well,” said Mary Jane Miller, owner of the Miller Music Studio. Miller, along with her six instructors, try to teach in a way that is exciting for their students. “Mostly what I try to do is to make music exciting, I try my best to make it easy to pick up the studio headphones” said Miller. “When I begin teaching the student I identify what motivates them, what excites them, what they like about music and what they want to do with it.
After the opening of the 1.5-mile Ram Trail in early December, Delhi Township administration is in the midst of designing Ram Trail Two, which will start at the Holt Road and Eifert Road intersection and travel north-east towards Jaycee Park and Cedar Street. “These trails have been very popular amongst citizens and in my 27 years working for the township I think the trails are one of our greatest contributions to the community,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Mark Jenks. According to Tracy Miller, Director of Community Development, construction of the new trail will most likely begin in spring of 2017 and be completed that fall. “There is some property across from Eifert Road that the township owns. There is a worn out two track back there that people use and that is something that could be a part of Ram Trail Two,” said Jenks.
Residents of Delhi Township who have Granger Trash Service will be eligible for street-side recycling at no additional charge beginning in June 2016. Currently, street-side recycling is offered to customers as an additional charge service. Granger also offers a drop-off service free of charge to customers where they can bring sorted recyclables to the Granger Recycling Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program will be offered to customers in single-family homes, and will not include customers who receive their trash service through a contract such as a homeowners’ or condo association, according to a press release issued by Granger. “I definitely think this will increase the amount of recycling in Delhi,” said Evan Hope, trustee for Delhi Township.
Delhi Charter Township’s Town Hall houses not only the offices of appointed and elected officials, but it also houses the public library. The reason for Delhi’s library branch is in the same building as the fire department, town hall, and recreation center located at 2074 N. Aurelius Road is that Delhi wanted to put the most important resources to its community all under one roof. “The council wanted to put all four buildings under one roof because of the level of important each facility would be to the community, and that is why they put it all here,” said assistant librarian Maxine Budzysnki. The public library is one of the township’s major landmarks that gets a wide range of business. Many townships in the Ingham County region have their own branches aside from the main library in downtown Lansing.
Holt found a unique way to share the history of the town with city residents. On Sunday, Oct. 25, approximately 30 people gathered at Markham Cemetery located on Grovenburg Road between Harper and Nichols Roads. The tour started with a brief history of that part of town and then covered seven families that are buried in the cemetery. Inge Kyler, the town historian, said that she enjoys sharing the town’s history with others.
It’s the only roof in Holt that needs a sprinkler system and a lawnmower. “If it becomes dry, don’t forget about watering your roof,” Mark Jenks, the Delhi Township Parks and Recreation director, said, laughing. “Yeah, it sounds crazy.”
It’s the roof of the Sam Corey Senior Center, the first and only Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) building in the community. LEED buildings are marked by energy saving qualities in all aspects of their construction and design. The roof of the senior center is covered in sedum, a grass that can sustain high temperatures and low water and soil levels.