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Some Calling For Peter Lark's Resignation

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The past two weeks have been troubling in mid-Michigan, as many have had to endure the cold without power, in some cases for up to 12 days.



It certainly is no surprise that after almost two weeks without power for some in Lansing, tensions ran high.


"There's no excuse for knowing a storm was coming and not being able to deal with it," said Anthony Jones, an angry Board of Water and Light customer.

But, after news broke that Peter Lark, BWL's general manager, left town on Christmas Eve in the midst of the outage crisis, city and state officials say he's unfit for the job.

State Sen. Rick Jones was the first to make the claim.

"Peter Lark needs to resign. He's admitted that he left town, went on vacation in the middle of the biggest crisis his company's had. He gets compensated, I'm told about $300,000 a year. Certainly he can be expected to miss a vacation and do his job," said Sen. Jones.

Jones says if Lark doesn't resign, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero should ask the board to fire him.

"I think it's a rush to judgement. I think it's premature to fire Peter Lark at this time or to demand his resignation," said Bernero.


Mayor Bernero said while isn't calling for Lark's resignation, he did say changes do need to come for the board and says no option is off the table.

"Nothing is forever. What I'm saying is at this point, it's premature," said Bernero. He says he's focused on organizing a full review of BWL's procedures.

BWL's board of commissioners has asked Lark to establish two independent review teams to investigate the utility company's response to the storms and the board chairperson develop an emergency crisis plan. As of now, they don't have one in place.

This will all be discussed in a special meeting on Tuesday next week.

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