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.
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.
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.
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.
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.