Lansing Board of Water & Light Reappoints General Manager

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LANSING, Mich. -- The Lansing Board of Water & Light has reappointed J. Peter Lark as general manager despite criticism about the utility's response to a December ice storm that left some customers without power for more than a week.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Lark's contract wasn't on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting but was referred to in passing.

Lark has said he agrees with findings from a mayor-appointed citizen review team and state regulators that show the municipal utility didn't have adequate staffing, preparation or training for the December storm. The Board of Water & Light plans to adopt those recommendations.

The reviews came after the Dec. 21-22 storm, which led to power outages for 40,000 of the utility's customers -- some for up to 11 days.