Power Could Be Restored to Most Wayne Outages By Sunday

JCP&L response 'not good enough,' freeholder said.

The response efforts of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) in Passaic County have been displeasing to not only some residents, but politicians as well.

Passaic County Freeholder Director Pat Lepore sent Donald Lynch, president of JCP&L, a letter Friday "condemning their handling of the situation in Passaic County." In the letter, he said about 1,600 of his constituents in Passaic County remained without power on Friday.

"I understand the challenges facing [JCP&L], especially in light of the recent snowstorm. However, that does not excuse the lack of communication about the progress of work in Passaic County," he wrote.

There are approximately 639 Wayne residents who remained without power Friday, according to a press release sent by Lepore's office, in addition to about 723 residents without power in West Milford and 223 residents without power in Pompton Lakes.

Mayor Christopher Vergano said he spoke with Lynch Friday afternoon and that JCP&L's goal is to have 75 percent of Wayne residents whose power was still out Friday restored by midnight, with the remaining 25 percent restored by midnight on Sunday.

"We aren't asking for miracles. We are asking for them to communicate with our residents in a frank and forthright manner so they understand what is going on and what the pace of work will look like," the press release said.

Lepore told Lynch that he would be meeting with Wayne residents Friday night to discuss JCP&L issues. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at 50 Sequoia Place. Vergano was unaware of the meeting.

"After I hear in more detail from my constituents their complaints and concerns, I hope to be able to relay them to you and your people on the ground," he wrote to Lynch. "We need to work together in these trying times and make sure communication is improved and power is restored."

stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I got this response back a few days ago when I asked if we (Wayne Township)ought reconsider the problem of tree encroaching on power lines everywhere I turn and look? I have asked town officials to take a look at this situation and report back to me on it. Additionally, I am working to make changes to the town's tree ordinance in an effort to mandate that homeowners maintain their trees. The best way to reach me on urgent matters remains my home phone number 973/686-3660. Thank you for reaching out to me on this issue. -Lonni Miller Ryan
Nose Wayne November 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
If you look at most of the trees that fell, they were town trees. Not homeowners trees. Every year the town goes around and does a sidewalk repair program. What do you think the contractors do to repair the side walk ? Cut the very roots that are holding the tree up. Then we get 70mph winds and what do you think happens to those trees that had their roots cut ? Maybe the trees when they come down could be replaced with a smaller type tree and away from the sidewalk ? And Lonni, private tree companies will NOT go near trees that are near wires. The power company has to do that.
Robert Pignatello November 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The response by the county is too little too late. By the way our state legislators should be in the lead here advocating for us. The ones in Morris county are raising hell against jcpl. Where in the world are ours? The utilities are regulated by the state bpu. Our state officials did little to correct the slow response last year and that made things worse this year and they are still silent. They have crews here from as far away as California. Major crews seen in Wayne who drove from Michigan. Yes. We are a small outpost this conglomerate does care much about. How can we expect a quick response when we are waiting for crews to get here from distant states ? My power is thankfully back today. But after yours is too let's not all forget the we should fight together to hold those responsible accountable. If we don't it will happen again.
Jack Q November 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Robert - glad you got your power back along with many others. I agree that the County was incredibly silent on this issue. At least the mayor had the temerity to go to confront JCPL. To say it was the towns fault, as others have on this board, for not trimming branches is ridiculous. Whole trees came down and by me, the wind brought the lines down. The power companies clearly did not have a disaster plan, nor could they formulate one as events unraveled. I for one an looking into a natural gas generator.
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