BWL Schedules Three Community Forums on Ice Storm Response

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light schedules three community forums for next week, giving customers a chance to talks about the utility's response during last month's ice storm.

Customers from the BWL electric service territory, which includes the City of Lansing, Lansing Township, Delta Township, Meridian Township, Dewitt Township, Delhi Township, Watertown Township, Windsor Township and Alaiedon Township, are invited to attend the following meetings:

Wednesday, Jan 15, 6 p.m.
Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Rd.
E. Lansing, MI 48823

Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
Delta Township
Administration Bldg.
7710 W. Saginaw Hwy., Room A
Lansing, MI 48917

Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
REO Town Depot
1201 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910

BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark issued the following statement in response to Mayor Virg Bernero's plan for an independent review of the utility's internal review. He said the BWL has begun its own top-to-bottom review of its outage restoration response, which includes taking input from customers during these community forums.

"I wholeheartedly support Mayor Bernero's call for an independent review process and review by the Michigan Public Service Commission. Together, these findings and any recommended improvements will help us achieve our goal of restoring the trust and confidence of our customers and being the best utility we can be," said Lark in a statement.

Wednesday, Mayor Bernero appointed Brigadier General (ret) Michael C. H. McDaniel to lead a Community Review Team. He also formally requested that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) conduct an independent review of the final report of the BWL's internal review and the findings and recommendations of the CRT.

Mayor Bernero also announced that Deputy Fire Chief Trent Atkins and Police Chief Mike Yankowski will lead an internal review team to examine the City of Lansing's response to the ice storm.

Lansing Board of Water & Light's General Manager J. Peter Lark looks on Monday night during public comment at city council's special meeting.

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