Sen. Jones applauds voter approval of expanded BWL representation

LANSING—Sen. Rick Jones on Wednesday applauded the nearly 2-to-1 approval by Lansing voters to amend the city charter to create three non-voting seats on the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) to represent the utility’s suburban customers.

“I am very happy with the overwhelming results of the Lansing election concerning regional representation and accountability at the Board of Water & Light,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. 
“I have fought for outside oversight of the BWL, and this will give a voice to the nearly 39 percent of BWL customers who live outside the city of Lansing. Now, the communities of Delta Township, East Lansing and other areas will have three new members of the Board of Commissioners looking out for them.”

Under the new charter terms, one new BWL board member will represent East Lansing, one will represent Delta Township and one at-large seat will rotate annually between Meridian, Delhi, DeWitt and Lansing townships.

A second reform giving the mayor emergency authority over BWL during a crisis was also approved.