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BWL ice storm: final review tonight

Posted: 9:49 AM, Nov 19, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-19 14:49:23Z

The Lansing Board of Water and Light will tell the community today what the utility has changed since the December 2013 ice storm debacle.

It's a part of the so-called "Final Report."

New General Manager Dick Peffley says the utility has made a multitude of improvements, so if an ice storm were to hit Lansing today you will get power back faster.

After that bitter storm that knocked power out for days for some folks, the utility came under scrutiny.

In January, then General Manager J. Peter Lark was fired and eventually given a $650,000 pay out in May.

"I think we came to a fair resolution and I think this was the best outcome for the Board of Water and Light," said BWL lawyer David Russell at the time.

In September, Dick Peffley was officially named the new general manager, and since then, the BWL says it has made many technology, operational, emergency preparedness and communications improvements.

The BWL will explain the changes at a community meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the REO Depot on South Washington in Lansing.

The final report will include improvements made based off of recommendations from the Community Review Team.