Community Members Rally Against New Holland Twp. Truck Stop

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (April 1, 2014) — A meeting at the Holland Charter Township offices became heated on Tuesday night. About 100 people showed up to voice concerns over a new Love’s Truck Stop.

Planning Committee Chairman Marion Hoeve threatened several times to have people removed from the meeting, saying they were speaking out of turn.

The committee approved the plan for the new truck stop last month. The new Love’s Truck Stop is set to be built off I-196 on Adams Street.

People who live nearby voiced their concerns that the business will create similar problems they see at the Tulip City Truck Stop on M-40 south of I-196. That location is known for bad crashes, including a fatal accident that killed a teacher with the Hamilton schools last fall.

Many people at Tuesday night’s meeting were upset because they weren’t notified of the meeting at which the truck stop was approved.

The board told the crowd that Michigan law only requires them to notify residents within 300 feet of the proposed construction site and claimed that if they notified residents outside that area they would be breaking the law.

Children’s safety was an issue for some who said that stretch of Adams Street is a documented public school bus route.

Some people brought up concerns of illegal drug sales and possible sex trafficking. Residents of Holland Township and nearby Zeeland said that adult-themed businesses typically pop up around large truck stops.

But one woman in the crowd, who is married to a truck driver, said she supports the truck stop, because without truck drivers, products consumers buy at stores would never get to retail stores.

Even though the board approved plans for the truck stop, it’s not a done deal yet. The Ottawa County Road Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality still have to sign off on the development.

The Love’s company is paying for both traffic and environmental studies which must be done before final approvals are made.

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42 comments

  • Jim

    As a retired trucker, I'm in favor of the Love's Truck Stop!

    The reason are: 1. Easy on, easy off, not down a two lane road. 2. Truckers need safe places to rest when their driving time is up or they're tired and no place to sleep, unless you want them parked along side the highway. You people can sleep in a safe bed, truckers, sleep in their rig. 3. The Lot Lizards (ladies of the night) come uninvited, wake the driver up and offer their services, Love's Truck Stops all have cameras and do their best to keep the lots safe. (I know, I stayed at many of them)

    As far as the accidents on M-40, I've had a few close calls myself. The people DO NOT drive the posted speed limit on that road. Try pulling a 69' (total length) rig out on to the road, you think you've got plenty of time and discover the vehicle is NOT driving the speed limit.

    Truckers have schedules to keep and need places to wait until their delivery or pick up times because they are not allowed to wait at their destination. So, what are they suppose to do?

    Truckers need safe places to rest and wait, I'm hoping that Holland will realize this and allow this badly truck stop.

    • JenniferSueM

      I totally agree with you! I certainly hope that Love's will do anything and everything in their power to make this Truck Stop come to our community!!!

  • Whats it to ya

    "The board told the crowd that Michigan law only requires them to notify residents within 300 feet of the proposed construction site and claimed that if they notified residents outside that area they would be breaking the law."

    I would like to read that law!

  • REVOLT

    TIME TO HIT THESE TWO COMMISIONS UP …….Ottawa County Road Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality. GOVERMENT IS FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE
    AT LEAST IT WAS WHEN I WAS YOUNG. OH WAIT, THAT WAS ALONG TIME AGO, NOW IT'S WHO OFFERS THE BIGGEST CASH SETTLEMENT.

  • Family Man

    Seriously this is a bad idea. My family travels that way everday to access schools, day care and local businesses like Menards and Meijers. We do not want to have to pick our way through big rigs and also deal with the seedy nature that comes with truck stops. We moved to Zeeland for the small town atmosphere and the last thing we want is this near our home, our schools, and our travel routes. I emailed the HCT, Ottawa County Road Commission, and the DEQ. I advise others to do the same. Let your voice be heard.

    • JenniferSueM

      What are all your MEMBERS Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers & Email Addresses?
      How come you aren't posting that information?
      What does your "Stop the Truck Stop" group have to hide?
      Seems a little fishy to me!
      YOU need to post the above information too, in order to be fair to the community, Board Members, Planning Commission, Ottawa County Road Commission & all other government entities.

      • Family Man

        Um, we don't have to post that as we aren't the elected officials who are supposed to work for the people, but screwed up.

    • JenniferSueM

      YOU CANNOT JOIN this Facebook Page it is NOW SECRET!!!

      What does this group have to hide?

      In less than 2 days this group, "Stop the Truck Stop" on Facebook, went from an OPEN group, to a CLOSED group and now a SECRET group. Reasons being they don't want outsiders who OPPOSE their view and media to see what they are posting. YET, they want TRANSPARENCY from the Holland Township Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals & other agencies!

      In addition, they are trying to use their "Friendships/School Affiliations/Volunteer time spent/Church etc. with these board members in order to get the Holland Township Board to "sway" "intervene" on their behalf to get this Truck Stop from moving forward!

      • Family Man

        Correct, we are trying to raise AWARENESS to this mess and how the HCT did not only fail to represent their citizens properly, but also didn't follow procedure. Also, it is perfectly with our right as tax paying citizens to demand transparency from a group that works for us. If you check out the HCT organizational chart, you will see they have citizens at the top.

        • JenniferSueM

          YES THEY DID REPRESENT THE CITIZENS PROPERLY AND THEY DID FOLLOW PROPER PROCEDURE AND PROTOCOL!

          YOU AND YOUR GROUP, as citizens DID NOT follow through with attending the public Planning Commissions meetings! Where were you in September, October, November, December, January, February & March to VOICE YOUR CONCERNS about this Truck Stop??? DID ANY OF YOU ATTEND THOSE MEETINGS? NO YOU DID NOT!

          Just because YOU AND YOUR GROUP don't want this, the Planning Commission has final say! They make the decisions that best meet the communities NEEDS!

          IF YOU AND YOUR GROUP DON'T WANT THIS TRUCK STOP, THEN GO & BUY THE LAND! Then YOU AND YOUR GROUP can do anything you want with it!

          • Family Man

            Actually, no they did not, but feel free to disagree. Notice the respect I gave ou versus screaming with the CAPS LOCK on. No, I did not attend the early meetings as I was unaware. And as far as the notice of the public hearing to debate the issue, a tiny square on page 20 of the Holland Sentinel doesn't really count. If they would have sent mailings like what was sent out to help sponsor the new splash pad in downtown Zeeland, this would be a dead issue. See why the "slip it under the radar" feeling is so prevalent among those not happy with the decision. It was a poor way to do it and even the single person at Thursday's meeting said that it needed to be done right.

  • Maria

    It's not about being against truckers. It's about the law. The committee is breaking the law and trying to hide behind an appointed representative.

    • JenniferSueM

      The Planning Commission and the Holland Township Board ALL followed the letter of the law. PLUS the Planning Commission did their due diligence with this matter.

      The people who are protesting this at the Planning Commission and Holland Township Board meetings are mad because THEY did not do THEIR DUE DILIGENCE in attending the meetings! NOW they want "Special" treatment!

      Where were these same people when ALTL, Baker College Cadillac (TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL), Star Truck Rental & all the other businesses built in that same area in question? Were they against these businesses building in the area? Obviously NOT since all those businesses are currently there!

      NOW they, the group "Stop the Truck Stop" want the Holland Township Board to back of out this deal with Love's. They, the group "Stop the Truck Stop" are trying to use their "Friendships/Church/School Affiliations/Volunteer Time Spent with members, ect. of the Holland Township Board to "sway" "intervene" on their behalf in order to get the Planning Commission to stop this Truck Stop from being built.

      I for one am FOR THIS TRUCK STOP BEING BUILT!!! The community needs it! PLUS THE TRUCKERS NEED AND WANT THIS!!!

      • Family Man

        Actually they didn’t follow proper procedures so please stop spreading false information to further your cause. This is one of the reasons there is a larger issue….mistrust created by false information from the HCT.

      • Family Man

        You are correct….it is a terrible decision. No due diligence or application of critical thinking went into this initial approval by the HCT. On top of that, they used under handed techniques to try and push this project through without people noticing.

        Also, quit yelling with the caps lock.

        • JenniferSueM

          IT IS NOT A TERRIBLE DECISION TO BRING THIS TRUCK STOP TO THIS AREA!!!

          IT IS A TERRIFIC, WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC IDEA!

          THE AREA NEEDS MORE TRUCK STOPS TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE TRUCK DRIVERS THAT DRIVE THROUGH THE AREA!

          DUE DILIGENCE WAS MET BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION OTHER WISE THEY WOULDN'T HAVE PASSED IT THROUGH!

          It is YOU and YOUR GROUP "Stop the Truck Stop" WHO are using under handedness to get the Holland Township Board to change the decision of the Planning Commission!.

          As you know, there were SEVERAL- more than 6 – people at the Holland Township Board Meeting – WHO PUBLICLY mentioned their Friendships, School, Church, Volunteer affiliations etc to get the board to "sway" "intervene" on the groups behalf with the Planning Commission. Asking the Board members to change the Planning Commissions minds. In essence, rescinding the contract of allowing Love's Truck Stop to be built. Talk about under handedness!

          • Family Man

            If it is a wonderful idea please provide quantifiable metrics related to the benefit? Seriously, no one including HCT has been able to do that even after requested so many times. So is it a good idea to have wasted all that money on the pedestrian bridge over 196? How about the money spent on the Hawthorne Pond Natural Area? That money will be basically thrown away if this goes through as no one will utilize it. Instead of children fishing and having fun back at the pond, it will become a place of seedy dealings including prostitution and drug trade because it will be hidden from view by the truck stop. Before debating this, I encourage you to check out the Polaris Project that combats human trafficking and read up on truck stop issues.

          • Family Man

            Actually we were just asking the Board to do what they were supposed to do and follow their own rules. Nothing underhanded about holding people accountable for not following the rules.

          • JenniferSueM

            How would the money be wasted on the Pedestrian Bridge? They aren't taking it down! It will still be used!
            The Hawthorne Pond Natural Area will still be there and used! Probably used more when the Truck Drivers come into Love's Travel Stop and Country Store! Families and kids can still fish & have fun there!

            I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR ALL WHO HAVE THE NOTION THAT ALL… ALL…. ALL TRUCK DRIVERS ARE: SEEDY, DRUG USERS, ALCOHOLICS, SOLICIT PROSTITUTES, AND ARE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS!!!

            THAT TRUCK DRIVERS WILL BRING IN: DRUGS, ALCOHOL, PROSTITUTES, FIREWORKS, ADULT STORES, BARS etc.

            The MAJORITY of what you think will happen is already HERE AND HAS BEEN HERE FOR YEARS!

            I highly and strongly suggest YOU check out:

            Truck Drivers Against Trafficking: http://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/ http://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/press-chttp://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/making-

            December 10, 2013
            Love’s Travel Stops Partners With Truckers Against Trafficking http://www.loves.com/AboutUs/MediaCenter/News/Pre

            Commercial Motor Vehicle Parking Shortage http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/documents/cmvrptchttp://truckstopreport.com/wordpress/study-truck-

            Truck Stops – Michigan http://www.findfuelstops.com/truck-stop-in-MI http://trucker.com/truck/stop/detail/mi?State=Michttp://www.truckstopreport.com/

            Rest Areas in Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9621_11

            Citizen's Guide to MDOT http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_Citiz

            Michigan Truck Association http://www.mitrucking.org/

          • Family Man

            Actually, I think the seedy elements that bring the human trafficking and prostitution (notice I'm talking about people other than the truckers) prey on them as well. The number one source of tips to help stop human trafficking at truck stops are the truckers themselves. So no, don't make this about the truckers or you will be insulting my in-laws.

            The point is this: You CANNOT refute ANY of the facts I listed in my other post.

          • Family Man

            And by "prey on them" I'm referring to truckers. They aren't all bad and probably don't want that stuff around either. I applaud the physical demands it takes to do that job as I know I cannot physically do the same. I have respect for their profession.

            With respect to the "The MAJORITY of what you think will happen is already HERE AND HAS BEEN HERE FOR YEARS!" comment: So we should bring in more ants to the picnic if we find one? That makes sense. Also pretty sure their is no prostitution going on down at Hawthorn Pond….makes for lousy fishing.

  • sheri

    There already is a truck stop one exit down from this proposed new one. Why do we need two so close together? It already is hard to turn south off 16th St. on to 104th if you are driving east. Its a sharp right turn so one needs to slow way down to make the turn, especially when it is slippery. With a semi coming up behind you, it will be that much worse. At night the semi driver can't tell how much you are slowing down until he/she is right upon you. This is a dangerous situation and I would expect to see problems there.

    • JenniferSueM

      How far do YOU expect TRUCK DRIVERS to drive?
      There should be MORE Truck Stops in the area.
      I 100% support this and other Truck Stops to be built in this area!

  • Family Man

    Jennifer to answer your question: It is ONE exit before this one where the proposed truck plaza lot is located. One SINGLE exit more/less depending on what way you are traveling. We aren't talking about a total lack of truck stop resting places in the area. Also, there is a rest stop located nearby as well. These are facts and not arguable.

    • JenniferSueM

      NONE OF YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A TRUCK!
      OR WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL WITH "OTHER" DRIVERS ON THE ROAD!
      OR HOW MUCH A TRUCK DRIVER GETS PAID?
      OR WHAT TYPE OF TIME SCHEDULE THEY ARE ON?
      OR ARE THEY LOCAL OR FROM OUT OF STATE?

      AND ON & ON & ON

      There is so much more to being a Truck Driver that just hopping in it & driving off!

      On yeah ONE exit,
      How far is that EXIT from this Truck Stop?
      What direction is this and Tulip City located?
      How easy is it to get on & off the exits?

      How far is that Rest Area from this area?
      What direction is it going?
      How far away it is from my delivery?

      YOU CANNOT TURN A SEMI TRUCK LIKE YOU CAN A PERSONAL VEHICLE!!!

      AGAIN,
      NOT ONE OF YOU WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THIS TRUCK STOP KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DRIVE A SEMI TRUCK!!!
      OR
      WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH FINDING A "SAFE" CONVENIENT PLACE TO STOP TO GET FUEL, SOMETHING TO EAT, REST, ETC!!!

      THE LOVE'S TRAVEL STOP and COUNTRY STORE WILL BE A HUGE BENEFIT TO THIS COMMUNITY!

  • Family Man

    No I don't know what it is like to drive a semi. That's OK though as this is NOT what the article or issue is about.

    Fact #1: The existing truckstop is one exit westward and approximately seven minutes down the road. As far as easy to get on and off the exit, I'm guessing you've never used the Adams Street exit and tried to turn left to go west bound. The rest area is between the Zeeland exit and the Hudsonville exit (perhaps another 7-10 minutes down the road.)
    Fact #2: There is already a safety issue for traffic near that truck stop and a Hamilton High School teacher was killed there in December when his car was trapped under a semi.
    Fact #3: The proposed fix to the traffic issue is estimated to cost $5 million.
    Fact#4: The proposed truck plaza will pull business away from the M-40 truck stop
    Fact #5: The Hawthron Pond Natural Area is located right next door to the proposed truck stop.
    Fact #6: Anyone wanting to use the Hawthorn Pond Natural Area will have to walk/drive through the same road as the semi's.
    Fact #7: This is not a safe environment for children to use the park any more
    Fact #8: Human trafficking and prostitution occurs at truck stops. Familiarize yourself with the Polaris Project before debating this one.
    Fact #9: If the truck stop goes in, it will isolate the Hawthorn Pond and make it hidden from the main roads. This will allow illegal activities to occur back in that space.

    So, can you please explain (using facts versus just emotional caps lock screaming) how these FACTS listed above will be a huge benefit to the community. I know that you cannot and will continue to make emotional caps lock outbursts to try and prove your point.

    • JenniferSueM

      YES IT IS ABOUT BEING A TRUCK DRIVER!!!
      YOU AND YOUR GROUP ARE DENYING THE TRUCK DRIVING INDUSTRY TO HAVE SAFE ACCOMMODATIONS, CONVENIENT ON/OFF ACCESS, ACCESS TO DOWN/REST TIME, FOOD ECT!

      FACT #1: So, since you state you don't know what it's like to drive a semi. So then that 7 minutes to you is OK? FYI for a Truck Driver that 7 minutes equals out to approximately 15-20 minutes or longer. That's OK for the Truck Driver? Not including miles away from the current area! Why in the world would a Truck Driver go way out of his/her way to use that Truck Stop?
      Rest Area between Zeeland and Hudsonville WHY WHY WHY would I drive that far to use it when I am in the current area?
      FACT #2 Who was at fault in the accident? It WAS NOT the Truck Driver It was the teacher. He was TEXTING!
      FACT #3 They haven't decided YET as to how much or what they are going to do about that yet!
      FACT #4 It May or may not pull business away from M-40
      FACT #5 So what if it's near or even on top of the Hawthorn Pond Natural Area. It still will be USED!
      FACT #6 EVERYONE WHO GOES ANY PLACE HAS TO DRIVE THROUGH ROADS AS SEMIS!!!
      FACT #7 YES it still will be SAFE for children to use the park!
      FACT #8 How do YOU know that Human Trafficking and Prostitution occurs at Truck Stop? Are YOU one of those people who does this? ARE YOU A HUMAN TRAFFICKER? DO YOU USE A PROSTITUTE? WHERE ARE YOU GETTING YOUR FACTS FROM?
      FACT #9 How do YOU know it will block the view of Hawthorn Pond? YOU CANNOT SEE Hawthorn Pond UNTIL YOU DRIVE WAY BACK THERE!!! How do YOU know it will have illegal activities back there?

  • JenniferSueM

    If the Group: "Stop the Truck Stop" is seriously AGAINST Love's Travel Stops and Country Store building in the area BUY THE LAND!!!

    In other words: Put up or Shut up!

    What's done is done!
    End of story!
    Time for YOU ALL to MOVE ON!

    Love's Travel Stop and Country Store is coming whether you want it or not!

    On another similar situation,
    How come NONE OF YOU protested Quality Gas coming to Chicago Dr/Waverly Rd? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    NOW THAT IS GOING TO BE A HUGE MESS WITH TRAFFIC!!!
    Oh that's right, it's not "in your backyard"!

    • Family Man

      Responses from JenniferSueM with respect to facts: 0
      Not comparing apples to apples facts of truck stop's multiple issues to single issue at different intersection: 1
      "What's done is done!" incorrect statement: 1
      Use of CAPS LOCK screaming: Multiple

      • JenniferSueM

        RE: Family Man
        At least I have a NAME!
        What's done is done is a CORRECT statement!
        If YOU don't like what I am writing DON'T COMMENT!!!

        • Family Man

          "If YOU don't like what I am writing DON'T COMMENT!!" = Isn't that the pot calling the kettle….. (FYI: Caps lock is still stuck on)

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