By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer
It seems like Michiganders can never really get away from the snow.
Even as we begin to shed layers and venture outside, pesky piles of slush continue to remind us of our snowiest winter on record. For those in Delhi Township, help is on the way.
At their April 1 meeting, the Delhi Township Board of Trustees hoped to bring awareness to the curbside pickup of winter debris that will begin on Monday, April 21.
This free service will begin in central Holt, and then move on to surrounding streets. The board expects all pickups to be accomplished within six weeks. They are asking for patience during this process.
“Obviously, this year we’ve had an abnormal amount of debris,” said Township Clerk Evan Hope. “We are going to provide weekly updates, with maps, on our website to keep residents up to date.”
Crews from Barnhart & Son, Inc. will be chipping and hauling debris into trucks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday until the streets are clear.
“This is going to be a community effort,” said Township Supervisor C.J. Davis. “Which is why we are asking for people to help out their neighbors that may not be able to move debris.”
Residents are being asked to haul any debris to the curb by April 21. The chipper being used cannot receive branches that are larger than 8 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter.
Davis noted that Delhi Township is “moving quicker than surrounding communities” to solve the debris issue – but one public attendee of Tuesday’s meeting is not so sure.
“This is something that should have been done three months ago,” said Holt resident Mike Hamilton. “You knew about the brush there, and now you’re scrambling to get the word out.”