HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - While Holland City Council members wait for a new municipal budget proposal to consider, there are a number of issues they have to deal with during tonight’s business meeting. One is a nearly three-acre site off of Lake Macatawa that has sat vacant for nearly two decades. The city took over the former Western Machine Tool Works property, and is looking for developers to submit proposals for the land between Boatwerks Restaurant and the Verplank dock. Another is a request by the BPW Board to retain HDR, at a cost of 2.5 million dollars, as the design engineer for the utility’s proposed new natural gas-fueled power plant that would be built separate from the current coal-fueled DeYoung facility on Pine Avenue. Also on tonight’s Council meeting docket is a decision on what future direction the city should take involving its Human Relations and International Relations commissions. Tonight’s meeting begins in Chambers at 7 AM; City Manager Ryan Cotton is expected to submit his proposed fiscal 2014 spending plan to council members for consideration next month.
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