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Lansing mayor expected to call for changes in BWL

Jan 29, 2015

Lansing’s mayor is expected to call for a major restructuring of the city’s electric utility tonight.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

When Mayor Virg Bernero takes to the podium tonight to deliver his tenth State of the City address, who will run the Lansing Board of Water & Light will top of the agenda.

The utility was criticized for its handling of a massive ice storm and power outage in December 2013.   Earlier this month, BWL’s General Manager was fired. 

Now the mayor wants to dump the utility’s governing board and have the new General Manager report directly to him. 

Different groups are accusing the mayor of a “power grab”.