MARQUETTE - Marquette Board of Light and Power primary candidate Thomas Tourville said the most important thing the BLP needs in facing current challenges is a planning strategy.
"I want to help the BLP build upon a long-term vision that will position itself for the future to, not only provide reliable and affordable power, but also grow long-term capacity," Tourville said.
Tourville "served our community's municipal government in several areas for over 20 years, including the Marquette City Investment Advisory Board, the Marquette City Planning Commission and the Marquette City Commission (including) two terms as Mayor," he said.
Tourville's family is a third generation Marquette family with children graduating from Marquette Area Public Schools and Northern Michigan University, he said.
He has owned and operated a local family business with four decades of continual growth in Marquette and served non-profit organizations, including Propylon Handicapped Housing, U.P. Children's Museum, Marquette County Ambassadors and Marquette Kiwanis, he said.
"The BLP's historical record is one of a well-run organization who has provided reliable and affordable power to our community," Tourville said. "However, the future of the power generation industry is complex and dynamic.
"My goal is for the BLP to remain viable and sustainable for decades to come - in other words, a very healthy, stable organization and a solid contributor to this community...
"I would like to be part of a Board who actively plans for the future and maps out their short- and long-term planning goals, who keeps a continual eye on what's happening in and to the power generation industry that could pose additional challenges, adverse impacts, as well as future opportunities.
"The BLP is also a very infrastructure intensive business that has been here a very long time. Significant capital dollars are involved in replacing aging plant equipment and facilities. Very expensive things get old and need to be replaced and improved, requiring a disciplined long-term business planning strategy. This is part of what I do and have done for decades in my family apartment business, which is similarly infrastructure intensive. I focus on a disciplined planning strategy to continually invest in property, plant, and capital improvements to manage my business in a fiscally disciplined manner."
Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.