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JCP&L Power Estimates 'Grossly Inaccurate,' Mayor Says

Montville Mayor Tim Braden said the only accurate information the township has received for power restoration has been directly from linemen.

Montville officials have begun to lose faith in estimates for power restoration to homes throughout the township from JCP&L.

"The information that we do have frm JCP&L is grossly inaccurate," Mayor Tim Braden said Tuesday. "Their estimate was they were going to put on 1,000 homes between Sunday and Monday and, from our count, we had zero homes come on."

Much of the township's residents remained without power early this week after it was put out by downed trees and wires as a result of Tropical Storm Sandy. Braden said the only accurate information the township has received is from direct conversations with the linemen as they work in Montville. Initially, as residents continued to be concerned about the long-lasting power outages, the township was sharing the estimates provided by JCP&L through Nixle alerts. But that has since stopped.

"Their information is unreliable and for us to pass on unreliable information would be inappropriate," Braden said.

But Ron Morano, spokesperson for JCP&L, said the numbers provided by the utility company to Montville, and other municipalities, are not set in stone.

"The information that we provide is based on estimates," Morano said. "Estimates can change depending on other work that's going on."

Morano said the changes can be positive, if, for instance, workers are able to complete projects more quickly in one area than initially anticipated.

Braden said the JCP&L workers are out in Montville and working to restore power, but the specific numbers of homes that could be restored on any given day has not been correct. Many residents have complained that they do not see the power trucks on their streets, but Braden said workers have been seen in areas throughout the township and working on substations. Three major substations-by Chapin Road, Boonton Avenue and Changebridge Road-remained in disrepair on Tuesday.

"They need to get those substations up before they can power up those areas of the town," Braden said.

Braden said between 60 percent and 70 percent of the township had power restored as of Tuesday and that not only JCP&L employees, but township employees have been working around the clock to ensure resident safety. He specifically noted the Montville Township Police Department.

"They are going above and beyond," he said. "These guys are working the maximum they possibly can."

Residents who remain without power can visit the comfort station/shelter set up at Montville Township High School. More information about the township's power situation was also being handed out at all polling locations Tuesday, Braden said.

Read all Montville Patch Tropical Storm Sandy stories here.

Cynthia November 07, 2012 at 06:34 AM
@Joey, thank you for the BPU internet complaint form. Already done!! And I hope that those that are inflammed and pissed FIGHT THIS COMPANY. Send yours in NOW! @DanGrant, a very astute comment. Let's hope the Town Council listens!! Gentlemen, thank you for working for our community. In times of crises WE NEED YOU!! Research what you can do. Communicate it to us. Something showing you care is so much better than complete and utter silence. You can speak of NIXLE alerts once every 18 hours with minimal info;a flashing sign at the wrong end of town. But what matters MOST is human interaction. Let us know what you feel, what you are doing to help us, what you can do. Mr. Braden, glad you see what we see....JCP&L is 'inaccurate' (us lay people say 'lying') with their estimates. Well, what's your plan of action? You have to get us through this crisis with as few cuts as possible. Then there's the future. How are you going to suggest we show our displeasure to the BPU, governor, congressmen, senators, and whomever else you suggest? Or do you think we can work with this firm to make it serve our needs better? Thank you for your time, sir.
wally November 07, 2012 at 12:01 PM
dan - just wondering, back before the instant communication age, how would the town have communicated to the residents in a situation like this?
Gazmend November 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
This is completely ridiculous honestly, i am from Lincoln Park and it looks like we will never get any power back. I drive to Wayne and the whole town is lit up. A couple blocks away from me is Mountain View and now they are even lit up so get 3 or 4 trucks and start in my neighborhood get the power restored and let's move on to the other parts of the town. I drive to montville and there are no lights except the gas station on change bridge. Something's need to change and change now. First Lincoln Park gets flooded almost every year now and now we have to put up with this bullshit. For real we shouldn't have to wait 10+ days for power and people with total devastation down the shore already got power back. That is just absurd. They need to get the priorities straight and worry about the people in town and the officials of Lincoln Park haven't even said anything. New flash guys you need to step up to the plate now.
SicilianPrincess63 November 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Thanks for the update on Jade Mountain, Sean. I have been in Myrtle Beach, SC, since 10/14 and didn't come home when I found out we had no power. I keep checking the JCP&L website and now it went from 11/7 to 11/11. I don't know what to do at this point. I don't want to come home to a cold, dark house.
BooBooBear November 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
We need to contact ALL of our Elected Officials. LOUD and NUMEROUS complaints. DONALD LYNCH - Presdent of JPC&L must be contacted. Maybe we should go and visit him?? Bet he has power?? Rodney Frehlinghysen? Joe Pennacchio?? Jay Webber?? What are you doing to HELP US?? We are freezing to death, losing our homes to frozen pipes, all our food is gone. HELP US!!
Disillusioned dissident November 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Gee, I could have told you that from when JCP&L told me i'd have power 6 days ago, yet im still in the cold and dark. Thanks Mayor for the useless information. Hows all that power and warmth in your house? Bet you had every worker at your house to make sure you were in comfort while another storm with 50mph winds hits us and dumps some snow on us. Pretty metophorical considering how you dump on us with no info or concern
Sean November 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
My email address is ssherman@vno.com. You can contact me and I can give you an update. Also, if you would like for me to help in any way, (clean out freezer, etc.). Myself and my daughters would be happy to help.
Upset resident November 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I suggest that as many residents as possible purchase 1 share each of First Energy common stock at a cost of about $40 so they can attend the annual shareholder meeting and blast the company Officers who in my view are criminals. They take your money and don't provide a fair service. If 500 to 1,000 Montville residents attended the annual shareholder meeting and voiced their anger together at least the meeting would be disrupted for all the Directors and Officers to see and deal with.
RMW November 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I think that is an excellent idea. I attend several annual meetings for various companies yearly, and there are quite a few people that do form protests there. Do you know where the First Energy shareholder meeting is?
alessandra November 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
learming first hand that there are horrible communications among first energy. they were dispatched to town hall bc they thought they had no power?! thos just took place moments ago!
Les Le Gear November 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Here's my suggestion: 1. Next election vote out those incompetent politicians who failed us during this power outage; 2. Let's get whoever's in charge to get all trees near power lines cut down or trmmed back so that in future storms the lines don't come down. Living in Montville without power since last Monday is like living in a third world country. JCP&L and our politicos are a disgrace.
Megan November 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM
(609) 777-2500 , call gov office and complain. I called and was told that the gov is speaking with jcp&l and they need people to tell them when there is a problem!
alessandra November 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
just called and left complaint!
Dan Grant November 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Wally, I know you always protect these people but in the day during Hurricane Floyd some Members of the Township Committee were riding night and day with police and road department people reporting on problems and constantly in contact with the power companies. I haven't seen or heard anything thing from our leaders now except for Gallopo who has been on Facebook. To be fair maybe they have been but they could use Patch for a better dialogue. Not having information makes people upset.
Robin F. Lu November 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
My wife and I were told by two JCPL crews at the intersection of Passaic Valley and Foremost Mt Road around 4:45PM yeaterday, that they would work through the night and we should expect to have power late last night or early morning today. "No guranty though" they said. We believe our Mayor and took their words , we even came out reasons for hope not come true this morning: "Oh, there got to be some other problems than that broken ploe at the intersection". However you know what? None have touched NOTHING since. Another betrayed and disappointed day!
Marilyn November 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Oh fun! It is snowing on the downed wires up here. Joy! Joy! Maybe JCP&L will use that as an excuse why they couldn't fix anything. But then, they would actually have to be up here at some point to do so. I just called JCP&L and of course, only got an automated message telling me the power "should" be restored by Midnight 11/11. How much you want to bet? I am one of the last people they care about up here above Lake Valhalla near Waughaw and Brook Valley. Disgusted!
RMW November 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Just spoke with JCP&L. Estimated restore date for the remainder of Towaco area is Sunday midnight. She made sure to tell me that was just an estimate and could be pushed out further. They're a joke.
Megan November 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
That list jcpl just put out with street names of streets without power is missing a bunch of streets. There are more streets without power than jcpl is claiming.
D Ambriano November 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Totally different company. JCP&L has nothing to do with Susquehanna Roseland. That's PSEG. And if you think that project has anything to do with "reliability" for Montville, you've got some research to do!
D Ambriano November 07, 2012 at 07:06 PM
JCP&L has little to no interest in maintenance. We have lived at our address for 12 years and have NEVER had them maintain any part of our street. We have talked with them numerous times about a tree that was half dead and near the lines and nothing was done. Guess where it is now?
D Ambriano November 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We're in that area too, and have always been "first out, last on". I've been told by local police it's because we're last ones on the line, so therefore the lowest of the apparently very low priority Montville residents.
wally November 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
dan - no protection, just a simple ?. I too have not had the input I would like. Ithink that everyone has gotten so used to just hitting send that they don't realize you can hit send all day but if the person on the other end has no power they won't see it - therefore Patch is only a partial solution. Not having info does get people upset, but getting incorrect info is even worse, seems like the later is prevelant here.
Rosanne Dawer November 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I finally got through to JCP&L. Rep told me by Sunday, November 11 for my area, by Foremost Mtn Rd..
Nina November 08, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Does anyone know if the power is back on Jade Mountain, Washington Court? I see some comments from yesterday but wanted to know the status as of today. Thanks, Nina
Sean November 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Jade Mountain is still without power.
Nina November 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Sean, thanks so much for responding! I hope everyone without power is keeping warm!
Dan Grant November 08, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Montville Township is home to a State Senator, Two Freeholders and a 5 member Township Committee, All Republican and All in safe seats so they really don't have to do anything to maintain their positions. They are proving it now. Alot of you believe that this level of local government doesn't really matter. It does, It strikes closest to where you live and your quality of life. You can go on believing it doesn't matter but the closer you get to the people the more you can effect their lives for better or worse. Right now we are seeing for worse.
D Ambriano November 08, 2012 at 01:34 PM
How about we start by getting to elect our own Mayor instead of having one appointed for us?
Les Le Gear November 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Forget Pennacchio. Sent him multiple emails re my 12% Montville property tax increase. Never heard back from him. Typical useless politiican.
Les Le Gear November 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Next election I'm voting them all out even though I usually vote Republican. Even if a communist is running against the incumbant, I'm voting for the opponent, regardless of party. These people are useless. You only hear from them at election time.

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