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Truck Stop Protesters Talk, then Walk from Holland Twp. Board Meeting


HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - The image of those protesting a proposed truck stop near the junction of I-196 and Adams Street in Holland Township took another hit last night.

The perception of them being unconcerned about anything other than their objection to the plans by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores to build a 10-thousand-square-foot facility on 13 acres was apparently evident when, after taking about 90 minutes during the township Board meeting to air their views, about 50 persons promptly left the session while it was still in progress. During a township planning commission meeting on Tuesday, the behavior of some truck stop objectors led the panel chairman to warn of possible sheriff’s deputy intervention in order to maintain proper decorum. The planning commission last month approved a site plan without taking public comment, citing that the opportunity had passed in a sparsely-attended public hearing in February.

Township Supervisor Terry Nienhuis told objectors last night that talks with the township attorney over options will be forthcoming, although it appears that the planning commission’s ruling will stand. Love’s officials look to close on the purchase of the property by the end of April, and to have the truck stop built and open by October of 2015.