What makes a community feel like home? For Tracy Miller, the director of the Delhi Charter Township Department of Community Development, it’s a lot more than just new sidewalks, flowers and flagpoles. “Having a strong sense of place helps to attract people, who in turn help to attract businesses,” she said. Miller is working with the Downtown Development Authority of the Delhi Charter Township to revitalize Cedar Street by investing in infrastructure that will help businesses to thrive. “I don’t think that anyone would argue with me if I said that we continue to have businesses here that struggle,” Miller said at a DDA meeting at the end of September.
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.
Holt residents Bill and Linda Evans were tired of their basement flooding every time there was a storm. “Every time it would storm it would cost us at least $500 to have water removed from our basement,” Bill Evans said. “Plus we would have to replace anything that the water ruined.”
Those days may be in the past. In the spring of 2015, Delhi Township completed the Green #4 Consolidated Drain Project, a project three years in the making according to Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis. “This project started the day I took office,” Davis said.
The Holt Public School District and the community of Holt have a very unique relationship. They share facilities without exchanging money. According to Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis, they are in the 1 percent of communities in the nation that do this. “I dare you to find another community that does this, except for extremely small towns where they don’t have a choice,” Davis said. “The schools and township coordinate as much as possible, we try to work together with no money exchange.”
“If we need the auditorium, they check their schedules and let us have it.
Tim and Janice Mullins have lived off of Holt Road for the past 35 years. They have seen decades of construction projects on the troublesome part of Holt Road that sits in front of their home and said that they are hoping that the latest construction project will have lasting effects. Every night after the dust has settled, they come out to see the progress of the project. They stroll around the tractors that have been turned off for the night, takes photos of the graded road and check out the construction on the Ram Trail that is happening at the same time. “The pavement was pretty rough,” Janice Mullins said.
In 1945 the United States celebrated its victory and the end of World War II, one of the deadliest wars in world history. Seventy years later, only 855,070 of the original 16 million American servicemen remain. It is estimated that around 500 American World War II veterans die each day. With each passing day, the nation loses witnesses to its history. This struck a chord with C.J. Davis, the Delhi Township supervisor, who said that he wanted to honor the remaining local veterans by documenting their stories.