BWL Board To Decide On Inspector General Position

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Lansing City Council members say a lack of communication between them and the Board of Water and Light has caused problems in the past.

Now Mayor Virg Bernero’s office is hoping a new b-w-l inspector general position will keep everyone in the loop.

“It’s important to bring more transparency and more accountability to the board of water and light that was a result of the ice storm,” said Randy Hannan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lanisng.

But not everyone thinks the oversight is needed.

“They have managers they have directors they have commissioners and they are also answerable to the city council and the mayor so they’re very concerned of another individual added to the oversight,” said Joseph Davis, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

On Monday council members discussed a ballot proposal to make the inspector general a permanent position.

But at a cost of $200,000 a year, that many dollar signs has some council members hesitant

“There is zero support for this charter amendment but I am not opposed to looking at other ways,” said Jody Washington, Lansing City Council.

“Do we think that something needs to move forward? Do we need accountability do we need transparency, yes,” said Tina Houghton, president, Lansing City Council.

“It seems again to me that a charter amendment ensconces something for a long period of time without being certain of its process,” said Vincent Delgado, Lansing City Council.

Council decided to push back the vote on this proposal to next Monday’s committee of the whole meeting. Monday is the deadline for the proposal, if they want it to go on the August ballot.

Council members say they’re going to take this week to discuss less permanent alternatives, including testing out the position for a year to see how it goes.

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