Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 12, 2013

Zoning conflict frustrates restaurant owner


The zoning conflict escalated, Hennick said, when a township official came and threatened to haul off a beat-up recreation vehicle Hennink parked in back of his small restaurant. Hennick used the RV for office space and storage.

“If we didn’t get our permits in order, and if we didn’t get the RV we have parked out in our back lot (taken care of)… he would start issuing multiple hundreds of dollars a day in fines, and he would confiscate my RV,” Hennink said. “You can’t legally confiscate any of my personal property.”

Couturier said Hennink is not being targeted. Her office is just enforcing township ordinances.

“We are just doing what we normally do if someone calls,” she said. “We are by no means (trying to) quell any of his business. The more business we have, the better it is across the board.”

“It’s not like I’m out there looking for problems,” she said. “I don’t have time for that.”

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