City Council Members Want To Dissolve BWL Board

(WLNS) – At least two members of the Lansing City Council say they want to dissolve the Board of Water and Light board and come up with a different way to manage the utility.

Councilmembers A’Lynne Boles and Jody Washington are pushing a resolution to dissolve the board as it currently is and to reform it completely. If that resolution were adopted it would make the board merely advisory.

They talked about the proposal at a subcommittee hearing about BWL on Thursday.

Boles also says the council has a longstanding history of asking BWL questions and getting no responses. Councilmember Jody Washington was also critical, saying she thinks commissioners are not qualified for the business world and are just chosen by the mayor.

During the meeting a representative of IBEW Local 352 says he is opposed to making BWL a city utility, due to the benefits of having public power.

In the past two weeks there have been some big shake-ups at the BWL. The board of commissioners fired general manager Peter Lark and the chief administrative officer Susan Devon is no longer with the company.

Today’s meeting will focus on the utility’s future, including who will take over as general manager. For now Dick Peffley has taken over as interim general manager. Council members say they’ll be focusing a lot today on transparency.

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