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.
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.
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.