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Surrounding Cities Ask For Representation On BWL's Commissioners Board

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Residents in the greater Lansing area have said before they want recognition on the Lansing Board of Water and Light's board of commissioners.

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett sent a letter to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero with a plan to add members from surrounding areas to the board. The majority of East Lansing homes are BWL customers, which is why Triplett wants to give them a voice.

 

 

"It goes a long way to know that you have someone at the table that you can call, that's there to represent you, who's got you taken care of," said Triplett.

 

 

"It's surprising they're so large, that this has gone so long without representation," said Sen. Rick Jones. More than a third of BWL customers live outside of Lansing, many in his district. 

"He said that he had come to the idea that perhaps two people could be added to the board. I asked for five or six," said Jones.

Triplett says he also proposed five people to be added to the eight member board. "It should be a guide by proportionality so that your vote at the table reflects your stake in the operations of the electric utility."

 

However, the vice chair of the board says 13 total members might too many. "I think you can get too many voices at the table and you're not as productive," said Dennis Louney, the vice chair.

Bernero made it clear in his State of the city he will talk to leaders in the area to figure out just what is necessary.

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