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Lawmakers Not Ruling Out Firing BWL's CEO Peter Lark

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - It looks like the membership on the Lansing Board of Water and Light will be expanded.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tell us why some key lawmakers didn't believe they have representation on the board.

The current Board of Water and Light board, appointed by the mayor, will be expanded by three seats with one of them going to East Lansing, the other to Delta Township and a third person picked from the rest of the service area.

“So, I do think that the current board needs some work,” said State Senator Rick Jones, (r), Grand Ledge.

Reporter: “And more people on it will help?”

Senator Jones: “More people from the outside that can say you haven’t done this right.”

East Lansing democrats Gretchen Whitmer was one of those calling on the mayor to do something.

“When you have 38 percent of your customer base outside the city of Lansing, those communities should have a voice at the table,” said State Senator Gretchen Whitmer (d), East Lansing.

All of this of course is an outgrowth of that disastrous ice storm last December that put not only the board, but CEO Peter Lark in a bad light and brought monster protests from customers.

Senator Jones proposed this legislation:
  • (1) No Multi Year Contracts
  • (2) Redirect Profits to All
  • (3) Lansing Loses Money
But now the senator says with the mayor’s pledge he will back off that bill. “I don’t feel that I’m going to have to go forward with that legislation if the city keeps their promise,” said State Senator Rick Jones, (r), Grand Ledge.

Republican Senator Joe Hune also demanded changes and wants Peter Lark out.

“I don’t understand why he’s kept around,” said State Senator Joe Hune (r), Brighton.

Some theorize all this is about moving Peter Lark out of his job. Senator Jones says that’s not his objective. Senator Whitmer says, “In terms of whether or not I’m ready to call for that, I’m not. But I do think that should be a consideration.”

In other words this story and perhaps the future of Mr. Lark is not over yet.
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