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A Motel License & Windmill Island Highlight Wednesday's Holland City Council Docket


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - It promises to be a busy Wednesday night at Holland City Hall.

This evening, the Holland City Council will be asked to approve a new Public Lodging License for the Economy Inn off of US-31 after it had been revoked last fall due to code violations. The motel was once known as the Blue Mill Inn, the backdrop for the developments in January of 1979 when clerk and Hope College coed Janet Chandler was raped and slain by a group of people in a highly publicized cold-case murder investigation. The current Economy Inn owners have made needed interior repairs, but outside efforts are waiting until weather conditions improve, with a May 1st deadline for that work.

The future of the home of the venerable DeZwaan Windmill could be also decided tonight. The City Council is being asked to approve a new business plan for Windmill Island Gardens that would include the installing of a retained non-profit organization that would help market the municipal park for increased tourism through a five-year contract, starting in January of 2016. Other parts of the plan include fresh landscaping, staff training with an emphasis on guest experience, a budgetary safety net, capital revenue from regional communities, and year-round access to the natural areas of the island.