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City Council Picks New Man, Defers on Road Construction Project


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC News) - It was a busy evening for the Holland City Council.

Among the items tackled by the panel last night was the appointment of Shawn Miller to fill a vacant At-Large seat. He was selected by five of the eight council members to complete the last six months of Jerome Thomas-Kobes’ term after the long-time councilman resigned last month in a family move to Florida. Miller said that he would not seek election this fall for a full term in the position; two of the five others he had beaten out for the job, Kenneth Freestone and Scott Troeger, have already filed paperwork for that election.

Council also tabled a planned spring and summer reconstruction of Central Avenue from Eighth Street south to State Street, in order to fully consider placing proper piping underneath the roadway that would allow hot water to flow for heating some downtown buildings. The delay pushes back the project until 2012.

Finally, as a long-time skate park at Lincoln Park is being torn down to make way for a planned land swap with Hope College slated for finalization this week, Council retained a Grand Rapids contractor to build a new 300 thousand-dollar-plus skate park at Smallenburg Park. That new facility should be completed by the end of the summer.