City Council approves hiring of audit agency to monitor BWL

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Time and time again concerned citizens at the city council meeting physically stood up with a message Monday night.

And when it came down to a vote of the council members Mayor Bernero’s veto was overruled 7-0 and the hiring of an independent audit agency to monitor the Lansing Board of Water and Light was approved.

“I’m really pleased that the council after putting so much effort into the decision both on the day of an behind the scenes and in conversations and deliberations with one another so pleased that we were able to come to a resolution tonight,” said Vincent Delgado, city council member.

“I think it’s a fair compromise that the city council voted on tonight to have an independent professional outside firm audit the Board of Water and Light,” said Ron Byrnes, business manager, IBEW Local 352.

This is the first time council has decided to override a veto from Mayor Bernero.

Bernero responded to their decision saying:

“The city council is in denial and continues to flirt with disaster. I will carefully review the budget amendments adopted by council to determine my administration’s next steps. In the meantime, I will continue to insist that the council let the people of Lansing decide if the three charter amendments I have proposed to strengthen transparency and accountability at the BWL should be adopted.”

6 News will continue to follow the hiring of an independent auditor to monitor the BWL.

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