- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Lansing Board of Water & Light plans to waive late fees for bills received in January as long as payment is received in February.

WILX-TV reports the municipal utility’s board of commissioners voted Tuesday on the waiver after some customers complained that their December bills were estimated despite some of them losing power for more than a week after a Dec. 21-22 ice storm.

BWL said it used estimated readings for some bills because the ice storm disrupted the utility’s ability to get accurate meter readings.

The power company has faced widespread criticism of how it handled outages that affected about 40,000 of its customers. The Lansing State Journal reports that Dennis Louney, the utility’s board vice chairman, says officials didn’t do enough to prevent mistakes.

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