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BWL Report Shows Some Workers Made $20K During Ice Storm Response

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Lansing Board of Water and Light's Community Review Team has started sifting through 700 pages of documents they got Friday filled with all aspects of December's ice storm.

This was information they requested from the utility two weeks ago. The 700 pages inside a thick binder has quite a bit of information in the requested documents.

 

The topics range from storm response plans to day-by-day lists of downed wires, media reports and employee work logs.

At the outages peak, 83 outside mutual aid responders were on hand to help restore power to the area. Many of the workers were getting paid double time and holiday pay for working 17 plus hour days for over a week. According to the report, many workers made over $20,000, some up to almost $40,000.

A spokesperson for the review team T.J. Bucholz says although he is pleased that BWL has taken the review team seriously and handed over the information by the deadline, there are big holes in the records. The utility didn't include conversations between the staff and city leaders or among staff themselves.

 

 

"This is volunteer time. And it's hard for all of us to be able to put the time in to go through data, call through the 700 plus pages that they've given us. That's why we asked for data to be given to us incrementally. BWL chose not to do that," said Bucholz.

 

He says next week, they'll be asking more questions and want more of the information contained in exchanges among BWL staff and city officials.

BWL did call and said they are prepared to respond to any follow-up from the review team.

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