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Holland City Council, BPW Board to Huddle

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(Holland, MI - WHTC News) - Two municipal boards get together tonight.

The Board of the Holland Board of Public Works and the Holland City Council hold a joint meeting and work-study session in the second floor training center of City Hall at 5:30. The two panels first huddle behind closed doors to go over what is only described as a legal opinion. The BPW and the city are defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club claiming that federal laws were violated while the James DeYoung Power Plant was expanded, and this meeting could be about this ongoing matter. 

When the doors reopen to the public, the two boards will hold a special work-study session to go over why the BPW wants electric and water rate hikes of 3.5 and eight percent, respectively. The utility's board had unanimously recommended such increases due to increasing fuel costs and new state mandates, but instead of approving or rejecting the proposal, council tabled the matter last Wednesday, wanting some answers from the BPW before an expected vote on the issue on July 7th.

City Council members go over some other topics in a special business meeting between themselves after the meetings with the utility's board.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News

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