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It’s become clearer how Lansing’s publicly-owned utility, the Board of Water and Light, failed its customers following last December’s ice storm. A detailed review by an investigative panel explores the utility’s actions before, during and after the storm that knocked out power to some 35,000 customers.

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There will been another delay in the release of the report reviewing the response of the Lansing Board of Water and Light to last December’s huge ice storm.

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How much longer?  That’s the question on most of our minds as March 1st and “meteorological spring” arrive.  Current State got a spring forecast preview from WILX’s Andy Provenzano.

East Lansing Mayor proposes BWL board expansion

Feb 14, 2014
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Talk of revamping the makeup of the Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners has taken another step forward. East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett has submitted an expansion plan to Lansing mayor Virg Bernero. It would, for the first time, include representation outside the Lansing city limits.

McDaniel review team holds first public hearing

Feb 6, 2014
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The Community Review Team, charged with analyzing the actions of the Lansing Board of Water and Light in the wake of the historic Dec 21 ice storm, held its first public meeting last night in East Lansing. The nine-member team led by retired Army Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, who’s now a Cooley Law school professor, is gathering information about the storm and the BWL’s response to recommend corrective actions and best practices. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was at the meeting.

Local leaders call for wider BWL board representation

Jan 23, 2014
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Many people have been reminded in the past month that the Lansing Board of Water and Light provides electricity to more than just the capital city. Though it’s owned by the city, the BWL has electric customers in nine other municipalities and townships outside Lansing city limits. Those include East Lansing and Delta Township.

Local municipalities conduct storm debris removal

Jan 2, 2014

A number of municipalities in mid-Michigan will pick up tree limbs downed during the recent ice storm.

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing as well as Meridian Township are asking residents to cut tree limbs into pieces no longer than four feet long.  In Lansing, people can also take storm debris to a drop-off site in Washington Park, located at 2700 S. Washington Avenue.

In Meridian Township, residents may drop off their debris at Wonch Park at 4555 Okemos Road and at Nancy L. Moore Park at 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court.

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The Lansing City Council will convene a special session Monday evening to review efforts by the city’s Board of Water and Light and other personnel since Sunday’s crippling ice storm.  

The BWL says that of the 40,000 customers who were originally without power about 2,600 were still waiting for it early Friday morning. 

Council President Carol Wood says residents are upset the utility’s website does not include estimates of when power might be restored.