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Lansing Council Waits On BWL Appointments

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(WLNS) - The Lansing City Council is holding off on re-appointing two commissioners for the Board of Water and Light.

Terms for the two commissioners are set to expire on June 30th.

But city council officials say they want to re-assess the process they use when voting people onto boards and make any necessary changes before they move forward.

David Price and Margaret Bossenbery were both appointed by Mayor Virg Bernero who says he'd like for them to continue their service on the BWL board.

However, with backgrounds in law and the non-profit world, neither of them have the utility expertise the Michigan Public Service Commission recommends they have.

Bernero say that's "just" a recommendation and both Price and Bossenberry have earned experience through the time they've already served on the board.

Council officials say diverse backgrounds are something to consider, one reason why they're waiting on the re-appointments.

"The board has the qualifications and was vetted through the process that was in place at that time when they were vetted. I think the difference is we are in a different day and a different hour where we have some additional needs...which certainly would make sense to have individuals with some background in utility, with some energy background, and folks who actually understand the business," explained City Council President A'Lynne Boles.

The Lansing City Council's decision to hold up on the re-appointments won't have an immediate impact on the current board.

The two commissioners with the soon-expiring terms will continue to serve past June 30th if no one else is appointed.

Council officials say they'll take up the issue again in early July.

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