Mayor Brings Power Company Frustrations to Goveror's Office Again
Mayor says she is just as frustrated as the rest of the town. Let your neighbors know in the comments when you receive power in the comments.
One week after Hurricane Sandy, Millburn township has no set date for full power restoration. With a Nor'easter predicted this Wednesday, the township brings its complaints to the state.
Mayor Sandra Haimoff brought the township's frustrations with Jersey Central Power and Light to the governor's office on Tuesday morning, asking for help for the second time since the storm hit.
"Jersey Central Power and Light is a horrible company and we are doing everything we can to resolve this situation," Haimoff said. "I have the same frustrations as every other person in this town."
The mayor complained to the governor's office that two schools, Deerfield and Hartshorn, and many other residents are still without power in town. The company responded saying it was planning to work on Hartshorn today, according to Haimoff.
However, thoughout the power restoration process, the mayor said all the information has been incorrect, from where the trucks and crews were working or where power was going to be returned.
"We still have other areas with no information," Haimoff said. Township employees reported on Tuesday JCP&L crews are working on Old Short Hills Road.
JCP&L officials could not be reached to comment.
Let us know in the comment when your power returns and what area you live in so the rest of the community knows.
Jersey Central Power and Light estimated on Sunday it will restore power to most Millburn residents by the end of the week. The company estimates over 300 customers will still be without power come Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the tri-state area even as over 1,300 customers in Millburn will still be without power. The forecasts predicts a Nor'easter to hit the state Wednesday into Thursday.
The township has offered transportation to Cobey Arena if any residents need shelter.
As of Monday 2,660 customers throughout Millburn are without power. JCP&L's website states the 2,330 customers' power will be restored by Nov. 10.
The power company released a list that breaks down day by day how many customers' electricity is restored. On Monday it expects to return power to 898 customers; Tuesday: 378; Wednesday: 430; Thursday: 322; Friday: 179; Saturday: 118.
On Friday, the company expected to restore 98 percent of the customers in Millburn by Monday, according to JCP&L's website.
The warming station at Bauer Community Center and Library are open from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The mayor announce Monday morning, power has been restored to Glenwood except for Ferncliff Terrace, Canterbury and Pine Terrace West. However, residents said power has not been restored to those areas.
About 6,200 workers are restoring power thoughout the state and the majority of customers will be restored by Nov. 7, JCP&L's website stated on Sunday.
According to its Twitter account on Saturday night, over 600 utility poles have been replaced and more than 21,000 trees were removed from equipment. The company's crews are replacing 2,700 sections of wire and 200 transformers.
This Saturday night, a few downtown Millburn restaurants open their doors for the first time since last Sunday.
After four days in the dark, the Hartshorn area in Millburn was the first residential area to get power back on Friday afternoon, according to Mayor Sandra Haimoff.
The Short Hills Mall was first to get power on Friday after running on generators yesterday. Tonight, the restaurants in the Short Hills Mall will stay open for residents to get a hot meal and warm up.
Millburn residents will also be able to vote in the election on Tuesday without having to leave town, the mayor said. The Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Ave. in Short Hills, is the proposed location.
However, there are still many residents without power in Millburn, and there's been no response from JCP&L with a timeline to restore power to the entire township.
Millburn residents have also organized to help with the clean up in the wake of Sandy.
The Millburn Police have issued a 6 p.m. curfew for all other businesses besides those restaurants.
The township extended tax deadline to Tuesday, Nov. 13 as well.
*Editor's note: Hartshorn Elementary does not have power. It was reported last Friday it was one of the first places to receive power but that information was not accurate.