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Wooden Shoe Motel at Center of Special Holland City Council Meeting Tonight


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The saga of the Wooden Shoe Motel continues in Holland City Hall this evening.

A special business meeting for City Council members is slated for 5:30 in the second floor training center, prior to the regularly-schedule work-study session, and the only topic on the agenda is a motion to remove from tabling a measure that would give the facility off of 16th Street and US-31 a one-year probationary lodging license. That measure was shelved a week ago when First Ward Councilman Mike Trethewey, joined by City Manager Ryan Cotton, had noticed repairs at the motel not done to satisfactorily meet code requirements. Cotton had initially recommended rescinding the Wooden Shoe’s license due to numerous code violations and law enforcement issues, but changed when co-owner CJ Patel showed efforts in repairing the building and improving security. Council is expected to make a final decision on the matter in two weeks.

During the work-study session, council revisits the residential beekeeping issue that didn't get resolved by the planning commission last month, along with dealing with buying tax-foreclosed properties for non-municipal use, and improving the Smallenburg Skate Park that was built when the city sold the former Lincoln Park site to Hope College.