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Unhappiness Over Proposed Truck Stop Still Before Holland Twp. Board


HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - For the second evening in a row, an issue not on the meeting agenda for a local governmental body garnered the most attention.

On Wednesday night, it was the Bullet Hole Firearms and Training effort to build an indoor shooting range on its 8th Street property that took the spotlight at the Holland City Council session. That panel had already voted against an ordinance amendment that would’ve allowed such a facility, and the discussion was over revisiting the matter.

Last evening, it was the Holland Township Board’s turn to deal with an old problem, as members of the grass-roots group One by One voiced concerns over the approval to build a truck stop near the junction of Adams Street and I-196. They have already filed suit to block the move, with developer Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores joining the township in its legal defense. The Board declined comment due to the litigation.

The truck stop issue overshadowed the board's approval of putting a millage question on the November 4th ballot in the Tulip City and on Holland’s North Side. The Holland Historical Trust is asking for two-tenths-of-a-mill over a four-year span that would generate around 600 thousand dollars annually from a levy of 15 dollars for the average homeowner. Holland and Park Township had already agreed to put this issue before voters.