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Laketown Twp. Tosses Electrical Service Ball Back to BPW Court

LAKETOWN TWP, MI (WHTC) - A meeting of the Laketown Township Board held Monday afternoon resulted in a resolution and a proposed franchise agreement. Terry Hofmeyer, Laketown Township Supervisor, said that the information is being sent to the City of Holland for review. According to Hofmeyer, so far, the BPW has not agreed to the franchise request but hopefully, this time, the issue will be resolved. Hofmeyer says, “We have continued to insist that a franchise agreement should include a provision that the township have the ability to negotiate and receive a “payment in lieu of taxes” if electric generating facilities are constructed within the township, similar to payments made to the City by the BPW. That had apparently been the biggest sticking point to a settlement, which affects about 700 residental customers in the township's far northwest corner; the rest of the township is serviced by Consumers Energy. The BPW had given the Township a July 31st deadline to make a decision.

Story by:  Diane E Coston