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.
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.
In 2015, Delhi Township was named a five-star city by the University of Michigan-Dearborn research study program eCities. The award is given to select cities in the state of Michigan that are doing well with their economic development. “To my knowledge we were awarded five stars as well as Lansing for our economic development and we are very proud of this accomplishment, and happy with the progress that Delhi has been making,” said Township Clerk Evan Hope. Officials hope that this award will bring Holt higher economic growth by bringing in more business to the city. “Hopefully with this accomplishment Holt will be welcoming for entrepreneurs to come and move into the city,” said Hope.
By Anna Shaffer, Roya Burton, Jalen Smith, and Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporters
While the arrest of Ingham County Prosecutor came as a shock to most residents, it shed light on the harsh reality that sex crimes do happen in Mid-Michigan and that a stereotypical criminal isn’t always the suspect. Dunnings was arrested on March 14 after a year-long investigation. He is facing charges for a total of 15 criminal counts including pandering, engaging in the services of prostitution, and willful neglect of duty, according to a press release issued by the State of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The arrest has gained widespread attention, partly due to Dunnings being an outspoken advocate for ending human trafficking and prostitution. And these crimes have hit close to home for many local residents regarding a problem many didn’t realize was there.
Delhi Township’s recreation options are among the many ways that the community comes together and betters the youth of Holt. Sports and smaller activities and events are put in place so that kids in Holt can have experience to grow and develop into society. Delhi focuses their attention on children in preschool up until fourth grade; then after the students reaches fourth grade the child goes under the organization of the Junior Rams, a group of parents who organize the sports and activities of older children. “We focus our attention on the younger age group mainly because this is the age group where you can prevent bad things happening to the kids, if you keep them active we feel you can better prevent the children from becoming criminals, or getting into trouble,” said Parks and Recreations Coordinator Tim Tilma. Holt produces many programs for the children of Delhi. T-ball for girls and boys are available.
The March 8 presidential primary election is coming up and the people of Delhi Township are preparing. The job of the voters is to keep up with who is running. However, the job for the clerk is completely different than those of the voters, because preparing for elections can be a handful. “Big or small we have a lot to get done before any election, and it’s my job to make sure it all goes smoothly,” said Township Clerk Evan Hope. Election turnouts varies depending upon the election.
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.