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.

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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. 

Alec Haverstick November 08, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I just got a call from Sandra Haimoff (recording) tell the streets that they were working on. Hartshorn should be running tonight. The closest street to us that they mentioned was Gap View--nothing about Lake, Montview, Jefferson, Highland, Birch, Adams, etc
Alec Haverstick November 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
so I called the Township call center to ask about the above streets. Clueless, weary, response.
Leslie November 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Curiously, it was not a call from Haimoff herself but from a male voice on her behalf. I don't think the message is getting through to her about the need to have a visible, warm presence as a leader during a crisis.
Alec Haverstick November 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Leslie: I just sent the following email to the Mayor and all members of the towship committee> It reads in pertinent part: Dear Madame Mayor: Millburn Township has got to have one of the largest tax bases in New Jersey and we must carry some weight somewhere. This is discouraging not solely because of the lack of power but the lack of access to verifiable information. To date, every report from JCP&L seems at best apocryphal if not an outright lie. Most people I know believe the utility is not only lying to us but also to you. This, in turn, taints your reputation and makes you and all the township governance appear anything ffrom easily duped to incompetent. You need a show of strength. May I suggest that the town attorney immediately file, on behalf of all Township residents, an action in both state and federal court (there are out of state residents working here who are First Energy employees thus making a case for federal as well as state jurisdiction) suing the utility for negligence in its Sandy response and requesting both real and consequential damages in the $100 million dollar range. JCP&L understand nothing but money; suing them for the emotional distress, physical and fiscal distress suffered by your citizenry would show us some steel. You will get the attention you seek for the issue and may get some real dollars as well. Thank you,
sue lemkau November 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Curt and I just left her office. Really....no clue!!!!
sue lemkau November 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I understand that the Mayor of Springfield called a news conference on Mon. Got a lot of attention , crews were sent there and power was restored to many areas. Can Sandy do that??
MarkDS November 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Yet a higher percentage of Springfield is still out than Millburn.
Leslie November 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Lawsuits cost money. (At least, the ones that are serious and not just publicity stunts.) Hard to see what the claim is here. This was an "act of God" and we would have to show some kind of breach of contract or negligence after the storm, but how would you ever establish that the response here was worse than anyone else could do under these unprecedented conditions? They aren't charging us while the power is out (other than a service fee) so there's no money to even be refunded. There may also be some liability protection for the utility company from state laws and regulations. The better legal course is probably with the state utilities board to revoke the charter or impose fines.
Shannon cross November 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Could you post his email address so others might be able to ask for their status? Thanks!
Alec Haverstick November 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Leslie: I certainly agree. I was just trying to find a way for the Mayor to "screw her courage to the sticking place" even if only a publicity stunt. Like the Springfield mayor's news conference, it might work (Before anybody says my thought is despicable, allow me to assert my personal belief that if all politics is theatre, a publicity stunt may be just what we need JCP&L is fending off the Mayor with a PR guy). From a more substantive point of view, however, i have also been in touch with sveral people who can actually get the Governor on the phone and asked them to call him with JCP&L's appalling behavior. Again this is not to say, that there are not other areas of the state and other people far worse off, but I am selfish enough to put the interests of my own family first and foremost.
Joshua November 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Does our Mayor hold a daily press conference? Blog? Twitter? Facebook? Anything? The complete and utter lack of communication is extremely frustrating. There is absolutely no flow of information coming from town hall. Is it unreasonable to ask JCPL to post a graphic map of Millburn Short Hills twice a day which shows whats lit and what isn't? What will be lit in an hour and what is several days out? People can't plan their lives. If I had known this would go on for 10 days I would have gotten a hotel room in PA and I could have been reinbursed through FEMA. Instead I wait day to day and both our town's leadership lack of communication and competence coupled with JCPL's planning. I'm going to petition a Recall Election for a new Town Council. Jersey City has power - they were flooded 10 days? really? we didn't loose a substation or were flooded
Melissa Brown November 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Sinclair Terrace is now without power again! We got it back yesterday about noon and as of 2:30 today, it's out. JCP&L has no clue why it's out either, other than to say it's Athena's fault.
Joshua November 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html And this doesn't count... it's not a detailed map - just a pacifier to say ooo ahhh look at the space that's out - JCPL treats it's customers like fools - They don't give out too much information about their work to cover-incompetence.
janyne di biase November 09, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The major problems seem to have been caused by a lack of tree maintenance. While the high winds of Sandy were unusual, the reality is that many of the trees that fell (my street for example) were destined to come down. We had a tree from a previous storm a few years ago fall (not from our yard). This caused an electrical fire on our roof.
Mark J. Nugent November 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
So everybody that voted to reinstate our Mayor..............are you happy with what you got? What a disgrace. Leaders are supposed to lead
Resident Since 86 November 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
JCPl bill arrived today. Priceless.
janyne di biase November 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
@ CAnterbury Lane Sighting of outdoor garage light on by neighbor.....news to follow I will believe it when I see it.
Dan S November 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My friend from Morristown had a good Facebook post today: "Got my JCP&L bill today. I think I'll put it on the bottom of the pile for 10 days or so. I don't have a clear estimate of when I'll get to it."
Resident Since 86 November 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Be wary of assurances given by utility workers. Earlier this week I encountered Ohio Edison workers on Woodland at the corner of Ferncliff where they were - of course - doing yet another "assessment."'of a major tree and wires down. I asked them If our outage on Ferncliff was connected to this situation. They assured me that it was and that our power would be restored when this problem was fixed. Well, we got power back on Wed night while the woodland area remained dark. Yet another example of terrible/useless information given to residents who have wanted only clarity and transparency (and power).
janyne di biase November 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
@ Canterbury Lane power is on. I am still waiting for the town meeting time/place posting. I am also asking whoever is still in the dark to help me compile a list. Who doesn't have power? Please post the street /neighborhood
janyne di biase November 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
#1 Myrtle Ave. #2.
Joshua November 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I'm just wondering how many are going to just forget about all of this once they get power back and return to their daily routine. I hope that everyone here becomes an active participant for a better governance of our township so this doesn't happen again in the future.
Resident Since 86 November 09, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Is it correct that there's a township committee meeting on nov 20? If so, please, everyone, mark your calendars and attend! If we're not there, then we enable both our elected and hired township officials to evade responsibility and NOTHING will change.
Glenwood Homeowner November 09, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I just saw a chocolate lab running around without a leash and without a human. Might have escaped an electric fence...especially if its owners have no power. Stopped my car, got out and tried to catch it but couldn't as he ran away. Spotted coming out of Pine Terr West, running down Baltusrol toward Millburn Ave. If anyone knows of a family with this type of dog in Glenwood, pls reach out to them so they can get him/her!!!
Anna Unipya November 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Still no power near Hartshorn School. Why can't our Library remain open until late hours? Maplewood can do it, why can't we? They can close the Town Hall and go home at 4:30 pm while people are suffering.
SH resident November 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
at least 25 streets without power so far and it is likely all of them will be sleeping through another freezing night... : Myrtle Ave. Chaucer Rd Dryden Ter Shelly Rd Spenser Dr Addison Dr Tennyson Dr Falmouth Cambridge Hartshorn Dr Timber Acres Roland Dr Ironwood Rd 806 Morris Turnpike Lakeview Rd West Rd Windermere Ter Coniston Rd Hobart Gap Rd South Ter North Rd Merrywood Lane Morris Tnpk West half of Harvey Dr. Canoe Brook Rd.
EK November 10, 2012 at 01:49 AM
AMEN! IT is the way to do it. Doesn't anyone in our town have any executive power? Yes, we are dealing with a major disaster and there is a grid and this is dealt with like triage. The inefficiency in terms of stories of crews making multiple assessments and then nothing getting done is unacceptable. I have been reading about power cooperatives that exist in NC. If there is profit they return profits to you 'the shareholders'.
Dan S November 10, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Wow! 500 homes fixed today? According to the outage map and Craig Mandel as of an hour ago 500 were fixed. I'm still out of power on Myrtle.
Short Hills family November 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Power was restored to the high-numbered addresses on Knollwood Road on Friday evening 11/9 after twelve days. Perhaps as an incentive to the senior executives of JCP&L, the governor should require them to pledge that their homes will have no power until their last customer has had power restored. This is what is called "having skin in the game."
Noel Boyle November 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
806 Morris Tpk Got power Saturday at 10am on the 10th of November. My power went out at 7pm the 29th of October. Why didn't we have an emegency broadcasting system. We had a portable radio, but the radio stations were NYC news and shore news. JCP&L did not correct the problems discovered last year, and didn't have enough supplies to address the emergency. Friday night the 9th of November, the parking lots of large buildings on Morris Tpk were all illuminated while we remained in the dark.


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