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Mayor Bernero To Propose Regional Representation For BWL Board of Commissioners

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Plans to create a better, more stable Lansing Board of Water and Light are underway. Mayor Virg Bernero has announced he will propose an amendment to the City Charter to the Lansing City Council.

The amendment would add three new non-voting members on the BWL’s Board of Commissioners.  Among those members would be two representing the City of East Lansing and Delta Township. The additional member would represent Delhi, Meridian, DeWitt and Lansing Township, which are the four largest townships in the BWL service territory. That member would rotate between the townships.

This plan is the formal version of what 6 News originally reported back in May.

“Not everyone will be happy with this approach and I respect their views,” said Mayor Bernero. “I believe this represents the kind of regional cooperation that will serve the Lansing region well in the decades to come, and will help make our hometown power company the best it can be.”

The BWL Community Review Team recommended that the BWL Board of Commissioners needs regional representation. If the proposal is approved, the regional representation by the additional three non-voting members will meet the expectations of the CRT recommendation.

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett responded to Mayor Bernero's proposal and said, "
I thank Mayor Bernero for working with me over the last five months to develop a BWL governance compromise that will move our region forward. The proposal Mayor Bernero announced today is a significant step in the right direction for the energy future of all communities in our region. This recommendation gives customer communities a greater voi...ce and the means to hold the Lansing Board of Water and Light accountable to the families and businesses it serves.

Since proposing the regionalization of BWL governance in February, my priority has been to secure a seat at the table for all customer communities. While I continue to believe that voting membership on the BWL Board of Commissioners is preferable and appropriate, ex officio membership, as proposed by Mayor Bernero, will give the appointees from East Lansing and the other customer communities equal access to all BWL information and board meetings and the ability to participate in a meaningful way in all BWL deliberations and decision making.

While this proposal is a good first step, BWL customer communities, like East Lansing, will be monitoring its implementation closely. Additional steps may be necessary in the future and we will not hesitate to call for them. I hope the Lansing City Council will act without delay to place this proposal before voters of Lansing for their approval in November.”

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