BWL: Magnuson Hotel water will stay on

LANSING, MICH. (WLNS)— Those who call the Magnuson Hotel home can rest easy. 6 News has learned the homeless shelter will keep its Lansing Board of Water and Light service.

Mike Karl, the founder of the “Homeless Angels,” posted online on Thursday that the owner of the hotel received a “shut-off” notice from the BWL. Karl said this was because of a broken meter and that the organization was told it owes $100,000.

6 News reached out to BWL, and Executive Director of Public Affairs Steve Serkaian sent us the following statement.

“The BWL has not and will not turn off water service to the facility in which the Homeless Angels are located because of our faulty meter. The BWL always works with our customers to develop a payment plan – which we have done with the Homeless Angels building manager. This is done in order to avoid turning off utility services, which only occurs after all other options have been exhausted.  We’re also committed to working with the building manager to identify ways in which to reduce their utility consumption and increase efficiency in order to reduce their utility bills.”

We reached out to Mike Karl as well, but he declined to comment.


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