Jones calls for BWL to have outside board members

LANSING—State Sen. Rick Jones reported on Wednesday that he has requested a bill mandating that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) allow every municipality served by BWL to have a member on the board.

“Recent power outages in the BWL region have shown a lack of communication with all areas served,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “BWL is much larger than other small city power companies. I want the city of East Lansing and the townships of Delta, Delhi, Dewitt and Meridian to have a voice on the board.”

Jones has also called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) to have oversight of the BWL. 

 “Whether it comes from the PSC or all of the areas served, more oversight is needed,” Jones said. “It is obvious that the current system of having Mayor Virg Bernero appoint the director and all of the board members is not working well. If these other municipalities do not have a voice through a board member then they should be allowed to pull out and go to Consumers Energy.”