Utility Companies Continue to Frustrate Township

Lack of communication between utility companies and township and residents is a chief issue.

Mayor David Stahl told the Township Council Monday that while utility companies responded better to Hurricane Sandy than they did to last year’s Hurricane Irene, there is still much room for improvement.

Many residents were without power for two weeks or more, and even now there are utility poles leaning over roads, sagging power lines, and much more work to do.

He said the most frustrating thing for him and for residents was the lack of information coming from the utility companies.

“The frustration always lies in the source of information, which comes from power companies, whether it’s JCP&L or PSE&G,” he said.

He said that when the power is out, township employees can’t hang wires, or put up utility poles, but what he can do is talk to the Board of Public Utilities about ways to improve.

“I will say they did a better job then they did over Irene, but there remains a lot of work to be done and I plan to speak during hearings at BPU, which regulates them,” he said.

Township Administrator James White agreed, saying that a chief issue was that no one one knew what the plan was, and when the township police department is without power for four days, but stores like McDonalds and Chili’s on Route 18 have it, he is left wondering about the companies’ priorities.

“The best thing we can do is learn and go forward,” he said. “Part of the frustration residents, myself (and the Township Council) had is the total lack of knowledge and understanding as to, how they go about their work. I told them that I would love to see them, and I think state legislators should demand, have town halls and educate people about how they go about business, what their priorities are, what steps they take and how they plan…four days in, police station did not yet have power, and McDonalds and Chilis did.”

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Gigi McMillin November 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I agree. If I knew I would be without power for 12 days I would have planned differently. But you sit there thinking - will it be tonight, it has to be by tomorrow nite or maybe it will be soon. Everytime you call they tell you there were no power outages reported in your area - you have to be kidding me - we are out for 9 days now and your trucks come down my block everyday looking at the downed lines and poles. Communication needs to improve
Susan Schlueter-Donnelly November 24, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I was without power for 13 days. When I would call PSEG they would tell me that it may be a harder issue to deal with (tree took down lines at end of street). Once they finally got here, it took them ONE HOUR to restore power and fix the "harder issue". While I understand they need to get as many people up as possible, maybe they should have had out of town crews going around to fix EASY problems like the one on my street. Meanwhile, they had come 5 days earlier in the middle of the night to fix the same problem on an adjacent street... and of course, couldn't get any answer as to why, when more residents were out of power on my street..


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