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Holland BPW Electrical Service in Laketown Twp. Preserved

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HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The Laketown Township Board last night voted 4-1 to approve a 30-year franchise agreement with the Holland BPW that would maintain electrical service for 630 residential customers in the township’s far northwest corner. The deal is similar to ones the utility struck with other neighboring communities, and removes a PILOT provision about facility expansion and taxes that the BPW had rejected. As a result, Holland City Council last night tabled a recommendation to formally begin termination action with those customers.

An extention of the previous franchise agreement had expired on July 31, and affected residents had voiced their intentions to all parties concerned that they wanted to keep BPW service, with threats of recalling township board members. The majority of the township gets electricity from Consumers Energy. The BPW claimed that their customers save 20 percent on their rates as compared to the Jackson-based utility, a claim that township officials disputed.

Both the City Council and the BPW board still need to approve the new deal, which is expected next week.

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