Holland City Council http://michiganradio.org en Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant http://michiganradio.org/post/frugal-holland-takes-biggest-one-time-debt-natural-gas-plant <p>The city of Holland will issue $160 million in bonds to build a new power plant. It’s the biggest bond offering the city, the public school district or the city’s publicly owned utility has ever issued.</p><p>Holland is home to a huge population of conservatives whose families emigrated from the Netherlands. That's why the city is known for its <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tulips-are-back-photos-2013-tulip-time-festival">Tulip Time </a>festival, historic windmill, wooden shoes, and as Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra puts it, being frugal.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:09:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16646 at http://michiganradio.org Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant Holland's first openly gay council candidate rekindles debate over LGBT protections http://michiganradio.org/post/hollands-first-openly-gay-council-candidate-rekindles-debate-over-lgbt-protections <p>http://vimeo.com/77498126</p><p><em>Watch Holland City Council candidates weigh in on everything from human rights, to public utilities to public safety at a League of Women Voters forum that took place earlier this month at city hall. </em></p><p>A municipal election in the City of Holland is rekindling a debate over laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.</p><p>In June 2011, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland City Council voted 5-4 </a>against a proposal that would have made it illegal for landlords and employers to discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.</p><p>“City council may not have dealt with this in any kind of public way in the last two and half years, but in the community it has never gone away,” Donald Martin said of the issue.</p><p>Martin is the first openly gay candidate running&nbsp;for Holland City Council. He’s lived in the city for ten years. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15080 at http://michiganradio.org Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-city-council-votes-replace-aging-coal-plant-new-natural-gas-one <p>The City of Holland plans to build a new $182 million power plant. Wednesday night Holland City Council voted eight to one to replace the city’s more than 70-year-old coal plant with a brand new one that burns natural gas instead.</p><p>“I don’t know about you but I’ve made some bad decisions in my life and I’ve made them probably because I acted too quickly,” City Councilman Wayne Klomparens said before casting the lone “no” vote.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 05:53:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10236 at http://michiganradio.org Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one Despite trespassing conviction, Holland minister won’t rule out more civil disobedience http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-trespassing-conviction-holland-minister-won-t-rule-out-more-civil-disobedience <p>A Holland minister who’s been pushing for equal protection for gay, bisexual and transgender people says he’ll consider staging another protest. That’s in spite of a jury this week convicting him of trespassing for his first protest.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/bill-freeman">Reverend Bill Freeman</a> is upset <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland City Council voted not to add sexual orientation </a>and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination laws. One night last October Freeman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/minister-arrested-holland-anti-discrimination-fight">decided to occupy city hall </a>to try to get city council <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots">to change its mind</a> and join more than a dozen other Michigan cities with similar laws. He was arrested for trespassing when the building was closed that evening.</p><p>“It’s time for the City of Holland to join the 21st century,” Freeman said, referencing changes to the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and President Obama’s recent support of gay marriage. “The City of Holland knows what the right thing is and that is not to allow discrimination of anybody,” Freeman added. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:08:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9271 at http://michiganradio.org Despite trespassing conviction, Holland minister won’t rule out more civil disobedience How hard is it to sell hot dogs? 13-year old didn’t think it would be “such a big deal” http://michiganradio.org/post/how-hard-it-sell-hot-dogs-13-year-old-didn-t-think-it-would-be-such-big-deal <p>A 13-year-old entrepreneur from Holland finally opened what’s become a controversial hot dog stand Thursday after several weeks of going through red tape.</p><p>Nathan Duszynski wanted to make some money. So he bought a hot dog cart and set it up in downtown Holland. But he didn’t realize the cart it went against zoning laws that restrict where and when food vendors can operate.</p><p>“I didn’t think the hot dog cart would be such a big deal,” Duszynski said.</p><p>Holland city officials shut the cart down.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:13:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8790 at http://michiganradio.org How hard is it to sell hot dogs? 13-year old didn’t think it would be “such a big deal” City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues http://michiganradio.org/post/city-holland-takes-long-term-look-energy-issues <p>Holland City Council adopted guidelines on Wednesday night&nbsp;to handle the city&rsquo;s long-term energy needs.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/final_cep_for_suscom_sept_9_2011_for_website_0.pdf"> comprehensive&nbsp;plan</a> covers a wide variety of energy issues facing the city over the next 40 years.</p><p>Arguably the biggest energy issue long-term is whether the city needs to expand capacity at <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/holland-coal-plant">its coal plant, </a>or maybe modify it to burn natural gas.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8340 at http://michiganradio.org City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues In Holland, mixed response on protections for LGBT community http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-mixed-response-protections-lgbt-community <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Civil Rights Department heard more than two hours of testimony Tuesday night about whether the state should expand protections to gay, bisexual and transgender people. It&rsquo;s a hot issue in Holland. More than 200 people packed Holland City Hall.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:23:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8044 at http://michiganradio.org In Holland, mixed response on protections for LGBT community Minister fighting for gay rights in Holland appears in court http://michiganradio.org/post/minister-fighting-gay-rights-holland-appears-court <p>An Ottawa County judge is considering whether to dismiss a case against a minister who has stood up for gay rights in the City of Holland.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:21:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7927 at http://michiganradio.org Minister fighting for gay rights in Holland appears in court Holland group fighting for anti-discrimination laws accepts social justice award http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-group-fighting-anti-discrimination-laws-accepts-social-justice-award <p>A community organization in Holland has accepted an award from the city after unsuccessfully lobbying for an anti-discrimination law there.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:36:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5849 at http://michiganradio.org Holland group fighting for anti-discrimination laws accepts social justice award Minister pleads not guilty to charges for trying to “occupy” Holland City Hall http://michiganradio.org/post/minister-pleads-not-guilty-charges-trying-%E2%80%9Coccupy%E2%80%9D-holland-city-hall <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/minister-arrested-holland-anti-discrimination-fight">Last month Reverend Bill Freeman was arrested</a> for refusing to leave city hall. He was protesting <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland City Council&rsquo;s decision in June 2011 against</a> adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination laws. The proposed changes would have given homosexual and transgender persons protection from discrimination by employers and landlords.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:40:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4875 at http://michiganradio.org Minister pleads not guilty to charges for trying to “occupy” Holland City Hall Fight for anti-discrimination ordinance continues in Holland http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-anti-discrimination-ordinance-continues-holland <p><em>This is a local version of a national story that aired on NPR&#39;s &#39;All Things Considered&#39; Saturday. </em></p><p>Last June the city council in <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland voted 5-to-4 against adding sexual orientation </a>and gender identity to its local anti-discrimination laws. Federal and Michigan laws protect residents from discrimination in housing and employment &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4845 at http://michiganradio.org Fight for anti-discrimination ordinance continues in Holland Minister arrested in Holland anti-discrimination fight http://michiganradio.org/post/minister-arrested-holland-anti-discrimination-fight <p>A minister faces charges of disturbing the peace for protesting Holland City Council&rsquo;s decision against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination laws. The proposed changes would have given homosexual and transgender persons protection from discrimination by employers and landlords. City Council voted 5 to 4 in June 2011 against moving to adopt the local ordinance.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about me. It&rsquo;s not about (city council),&rdquo; Reverend Bill Freeman Said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about people who are being discriminated against in the City of Holland just because of who they are and I don&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s right.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://untilloveisequal.com/">Freeman and others </a>have attended every city council meeting since the decision to ask city council to change their minds. Earlier this month some city council members told the group they wouldn&rsquo;t change their minds, adding that the group should <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots">change their tactics. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:03:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4648 at http://michiganradio.org Minister arrested in Holland anti-discrimination fight Young people promise to march “until love is equal” in Holland http://michiganradio.org/post/young-people-promise-march-until-love-equal-holland <p>A group of young people marched through Holland Wednesday night to protest a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">vote city council made in June against</a> adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination laws.</p><p>These laws would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their houses because they are gay or transgender. Federal and state laws protect people from discrimination &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots">The debate in Holland has not died with that vote.</a></p><p>About 150 people marched as part of an ongoing effort to demand Holland City Council change its decision. The march was organized to show young people in Holland support the effort. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 05:39:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3604 at http://michiganradio.org Young people promise to march “until love is equal” in Holland What’s next for anti-discrimination laws in Holland? Lots... http://michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots <p>Last month Holland City Council <a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/hrc_resolution_to_city_council_3.24.11.pdf">voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity </a>to their local anti-discrimination laws. But the fight over gay rights continues in the generally conservative town.</p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976232.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976232.mp3</a></p><p>The debate surrounds the City of Holland adopting local laws. These laws would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their houses because they are gay or transgender. Federal and state laws protect people from discrimination &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity.</p><p>The debate is not technically about the morality of homosexuality. But in a community known for having a church on almost every corner &ndash; for many people in Holland that is definitely part of the conversation. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3154 at http://michiganradio.org What’s next for anti-discrimination laws in Holland? Lots... Gender identity, sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council <p>Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. today, at least 50 people file out of Holland City Hall. I hear some say, &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t get it, but you tried.&rdquo;</p><p>A few people wearing &quot;Holland is Ready&quot; buttons hug one another -- some are tearing up -- after city council voted 5 to 4 against the recommendation to adopt the proposed anti-discrimination laws. The recommendation included providing homosexual and transgender persons protection from employers and landlords who discriminate against them. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:02:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2906 at http://michiganradio.org Gender identity, sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council