Power Restored to Nearly 60 Percent of Montville

Mayor said township is expecting to have power fully restored within two weeks.

More Montville residents had their power restored Saturday as Mayor Tim Braden said JCP&L has projected about 60 percent of the township to be with power again.

Braden said many of the residents and business owners who remain without power still should expect to see it restored by Wednesday. For some, though, the wait could be longer.

"Most people should be up by Wednesday, but it may be a couple of weeks before everyone is back up," he said. "Our main focus is getting the rest of the schools back up."

As of Saturday, only Montville Township High School, Valley View and Cedar Hill Elementary Schools had power. 

"Lazar has partial power but probably not enough to open," Braden said.

Whether or not the schools open to teachers and students on Monday depends on the power situation. In the meantime, the township has condensed its shelters for residents and Montville Township High School is now being used to host residents overnight, offering them hot showers and hot meals. The school also has Wi-Fi available to residents and the township has staffed social services professionals there to offer resources to residents in need.

Braden said residents have been utilizing the shelters and others have been stopping by to donate food. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the high school.

As for the gas situation in town, Braden said both the Montville Valero and Shell gas stations received gas supply Saturday morning but were depleted by the afternoon, even with the governor's mandated odd-even rationing. Braden said the township is hoping to get power restored to the area of Route 202 where the Exxon is located so that gas station can begin pumping gas as well.

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Deborah November 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Power just returned for my family Towaco, NJ! Ya!!!!
dee November 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
One of the 40%. Generators not much help for those with well water, unless can get hook up from neighbor with city water. If schools do open how will buses get around the dangerous debris, many of us would'nt wanrt our children walking around fallen trees, potentially live dangling lines, poles or weak tree limbs. I can't see image conscious middle/high schoolers wanting to leave the house all dirty! I am from europe, have not experienced such lengthy outages even though i have experienced many storms, all powerlines/fibre optics run underground, no ugly lines are seen overhead. Need better infrastructure, especially since we pay some of the highest taxes in nj. Also there was ample time for trees hanging over lines to be cut down, since the last 2 big outages. I am always on edge even if there is a slight breeze.
Retrocycle November 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I have a business in the Mars Park complex. Power has been out since Monday. I too have been told that we can't expect to be working until Wednesday at the soonest. My landlord has told me that he has land there that he can't build on due to the "Highland's Act". I might add that is stands directly below the High Tension transmission lines. Perhaps he should be approached for a "Montville Substation" in Mars Park? Just a thought and suggestion. Rob Retrocycle, LLC
Ron Soussa November 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The town's done a good job of communicating. And I've been getting Nixle reports regularly, including just a few minutes ago. Just go to Nixle.com and sign up "Montville Township Public Schools and St. Pius X School will be closed on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th due to the hazardous conditions caused by fallen trees and downed power lines in many areas of the township. Information will be available on Tuesday afternoon regarding Wednesday's school schedule. If conditions permit, the schools will be open on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th, days they had been scheduled to be closed for the now-cancelled Teachers' Convention."
Ron Soussa November 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
See http://montvillenj.org/. Info is current.
Donna Aslanian November 04, 2012 at 11:10 PM
If the town is doing a great job communicating, why is it up to individual home owners to report power outages during a natural disaster? My street looks fine - no downed trees and we have underground wires. The problem lies two streets over with downed poles that should have been reported by town officials as one of the worst hit areas that affected hundreds of homes. To have a portable sign on Chanegebridge informing the public that we will be without power for 7 to 10 days is not communicating.
David Honig November 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Tim - a very easy way to communicate with the community is through https://www.facebook.com/NJMontville . this Facebook page has seen over 3000 residents on the page this week with incredible engagement. It not only helps for you to post on this page, but allows the community to spread it via the social network.
Charles November 05, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I agree, our mayor is not doing a good job!
Charles November 05, 2012 at 01:11 AM
The Montville FAS deserves a lot of credit!
Charles November 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I agree, if it is going to be a while, people should be told specifically.
Charles November 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
does JCPL even know about those wires? I mentioned it on Twitter to them, but they most likely didn't see it.
John Street November 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Why were Montville residents not allowed to get walk up gas at Valero or Shell on Saturday? These angry residents that were turned away just wanted to heat their homes. It is just a disgrace that the Mayor didn't visit these gas stations and enforced a rule that would allow Montville residents to get fuel by presenting a license with a home address. Other towns like Wyckoff, Mahway, etc. made sure that their people were not left out in the cold with such rules. Shame on you Mr. Mayor!
Mary Jo Coan November 05, 2012 at 03:58 AM
As the weather continues to get more severe, I think the town council should re-evaulate the town's power source as it does the acquifer. I think it would add insult to injury, if the new anticipated power lines are upgraded and town still continues to experiences power outages. Comprising our school systems and businesses can't be good for community.
Gladys/Al NEMIROW November 05, 2012 at 05:36 AM
After "weathering" 44 yrs of Montville storms &resulting power outages, not excluding 10 days w/o power last OCT.an efficient system of communication is long overdue for Montville Twsp. This 2nd. "STORM OF THE CENTURY" brings the urgency front & foremost. A dept. under the pervue of public works must be implemented immediately.As senior citizens ,&of this past month in poor health , we found it imperative to find shelter, warmth & food .With no power ,tel. land lines & with all at&t. cel towers inoperable, we have had no means of communication re; condition of street ,or possible structural damages.Additionally no info. of any kind re; restoration of power on area streets. & subsequently , the inability of receiving same. Totally UNACCEPTABLE, WHEN ALL IT WOULD TAKE IS intellegent ORGANIZATION OF E-MAIL ADDRESSES of EACH TAXPAYING CITIZEN in this town. One must hope this urgent issue will be addressed &impemented poste haste,so as to never repeat this situation.
wally November 05, 2012 at 11:53 AM
John- believe the Mayor was correct, there is no shortage of gas just missing the ability to pump it.
wally November 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Tony! Toni! Tone! (play off your name & the 1980's R&B group) - Are these the same ?'s you asked Art or any other Mayor before him? Would Art or any other Mayor before him not have made a PC statement? I'm also in the 40% and based on what I'm being told will probably be in the last 1%, so I'm just as frustrated as anyone, but I think that the overall problem and answer to most of your ?'s is that no one asks these questions until there's a problem. Is it the TC's position to ask, or the Town Admin? Should the Town Admin concentrate on the needs of the community and point out concerns to the TC? Have you been to a TC meeting to air your concerns as you have above? So easy to blame the Mayor for everything, and; while I'm not happy with the situation, I'm trying to work thru it, just as it seems the Mayor is too. Also remember all the members of theTC, fire, police, etc. all have households going thru the same issues you are, difference is that their families are doing it without them - some with, some without power
wally November 05, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Once again the Mayor's fault, why can't it be the station owner's fault?
wally November 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM
C'mon Gadys, you're asking Gov't to organize something? Good luck with that! Wonder how 30-40 years ago everyone got communications - knew when school was cancelled, etc. without cellphones, e-mail, nixle?
Francine November 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wally, after reading your comments stating don't push the mayor for answers or criticize him for not coming up with creative ideas for local residents to get gas, and now this response to Gladys joking about expecting our local gov't to organize a a communication initiative, I have to ask you why do we have a local gov't in place then, and who or what do you look/speak to for answers and resolutions to large scale problems?
Donna Aslanian November 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Wally, in a home with smart phones, 3G service on my laptops being charged by a generator, I am signed up for Nixle reports, receiving emails, phone calls and texts. To tell me there is no school today and tomorrow and garbage svc is resuming is not the communications I'm looking for. When will I get power? Where does my street fall on the map in terms of repair. Why doesn't our town officials hold an emergency town meeting to give us answers. Do you really think gas station owners have the authority to ration gasoline to Montville homeowners without authority and support from their government? And yes, still no power here and a noreaster on the way.
Megan November 05, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Tonie Daughtry November 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
What would be wrong with devoting one pump - or lane in the bigger stations just for people with gas cans - it would keep everything moving - especially for the "walk ups". Though the Exxon today did not have a long line at 2pm
melikric November 05, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I am a Montville township refugee located with relatives in a rural area with plenty of trees. The roads have been cleared, and there are no lines at the local gas station. Only difference is that JCPL is the power transmission company. Time for the gov to lower the boom on the absentee owners of JCPL.
melikric November 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Correction to previous post. JCPL IS NOT the local power transmission company.
Maria November 05, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Ok now you have to laugh! Getting an email from the superintendent coming up with this great idea for kids to do half days in the schools that has power? Now I work my husband works so how would you like my 5 year old daughter to go to lazar? Walking? The idea is insane! Mayor come on get these streets up and running! 7 days with no power and counting! Very disappointed!
Swarna November 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
40% of residents do not have power and there are not any JCP&L workers anywhere in sight. Furthermore, with the wind gusts expected to be 50-60mph on Wednesday through Thursday, it is imperative to restore the power by tomorrow or many of us will have to wait until Friday. It seems Montville has been de-prioritized.
Anjana Kapur November 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Thank you for at least saying something. Yes the crews that have been working are great. How come so few are depoled for our area. what have you done to ask for additional assistance? I would alos like you to answer do you have Power? what criteria is being used to see which areas are going to be worked on first? Residents like myself who have been without power for over a week should be notified what is being done for them. When you stand for election many calls are made to our households to vote but now you cannot spare time to call ? My suggestion would be that updates include what time or day power would be restored on what street. If its a fair system of restoring power there should be no problem in doing so. I look forward to hearing back from you.
melikric November 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM
This is what you get having a superintendent living in Westchester County, NY not understanding the dynamics in Montville.
Disillusioned dissident November 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
"I would personally like to thank our first responders who have been working long hard hours to maintain your safety and security" Mayor - how has my safety and security been maintained while i have no power or heat? Its quite the opposite actually. Why dont you for one second stop being a polititian and try being a person. flood of calls I have received from residents commending the Township employees for their exceptional response has been overwhelming??? I have not seen a truck in my area of towaco for 8 days now. What about my area that isnt near a school mayor?? so you are saying we are not as important then? A nor'easter is coming tomorrow and if i dont have power i will probably freeze to death. I will remember this when your term is up, that is if im not dead by friday. Thanks for nothing. Id bet all the money in the world that your palace/mansion of a home is well lit and the power is flowing.....probably at the expense of others.
Gladys/Al NEMIROW November 08, 2012 at 04:05 AM


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