Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The information will be used in future Q&A sessions with JCP&L representatives.
Residents are being encouraged to send emails to JCP&L about their Hurricane Sandy experiences in advance of planned meetings to be held with officials in January. According to Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye, she attended the Board of Public Utilities meeting with JCP&L representatives Monday, and spoke directly to officials regarding the Facebook group she began with those unhappy with JCP&L’s response, and a meeting she has requested with the officials to discuss changes to be made for the future. “I spoke as a representative of our group and informed [JCP&L President Don] Lynch and the members of the BPU that we have come together to question JCP&L on what went wrong and what is going to be done to get it corrected going …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Company's president to meet with Board of Public Utilities in Basking Ridge.
The president of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and members of the Board of Public Utilities will appear in Basking Ridge at a public meeting Monday to discuss the utility's response to Superstorm Sandy. The state Board of Public Utilities issued a notice that the meeting will be held to solicit public comment on JCP&L's preparedness and responsiveness before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the auditorium in the William Annin Middle School, 70 Quincy Road, Basking Ridge. A second hearing will be held on Dec. 18 at the Hopatcong Middle School, 1 David Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. The notice said additional hearings would be scheduled in December and in 2013.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
All officials will be in Trenton all day Friday.
Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has said she is canceling a planned meeting of local residents at the JCP&L headquarters in Morris Township Friday because company officials will not be in the offices that day. Limaye had requested a meeting with JCP&L President Don Lynch, Gov. Chris Christie and BPU President Bob Hanna, and said last week that that there will be a town hall meeting Dec. 7 at the JCP&L offices in Morris Township. Limaye said she was asking residents, officials and others to go to the JCP&L offices, and was hoping the requested officials are present. But with confirmation that they won't be there, she has canceled the meeting. Limaye said she received a phone call from JCP&L representative John Anderson, who said all…
State Sen. Kevin O'Toole calls utility's request 'insulting' at Trenton hearing Wednesday.
State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40th District) told Jersey Central Power & Light officials Wednesday morning their request for a $31.5-million rate hike following Hurricane Sandy was “insulting.” O’Toole, speaking at a state Board of Public Utilities hearing in Trenton to discuss the rate hike, told Patch during a short recess he was given the opportunity to directly address JCP&L President Donald Lynch about the utilities response to the storm and “what went right and what went wrong.” “I told him it (the proposed rate increase) was insulting,” said O'Toole. “We critiqued as to why it was necessary and I said that perhaps it would be wise to keep money for the repairs from New Jersey in New Jersey” and not place the money in the company’s …
Friday, November 30, 2012
But JCP&L officials have not confirmed if they will be there.
After requesting a meeting with JCP&L President Don Lynch, Gov. Chris Christie and BPU President Bob Hanna, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye confirmed Thursday that there will be a town hall meeting Dec. 7 at the JCP&L offices in Morris Township—although those officials may not be in attendance. The public meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the offices on Madison Avenue. Limaye said she is asking residents, officials and others to go to the JCP&L offices, and is hoping the requested officials are present. "We have no confirmation from anyone," she said. "The messages have been sent through contact forms on their websites and phone calls to their offices. If they fail to attend and tell us they never received these messages, then that…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Three are planned, and one will be open to the public.
With plans still being made for a full public meeting with JCP&L, Bridgewater resident Neha Limaye said she was told there will be one scheduled, the date just has not been set. And if that date isn't before the already-requested Dec. 7 meeting, Limaye said, she and the other residents planning to head over to the Morristown offices that morning are still intending to go. According to Limaye, Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench spoke to PSE&G and JCP&L representatives to arrange for public meetings. The area manager from JCP&L, she said, responded by saying there will be three rounds of meetings. The first, Limaye said, is planned with township officials only, the second will be with a few members of the Facebook group she …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Dress code discussion, T-Mobile lawsuit and no decision on housing development.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A special planning board meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 10 because a decision has not yet been reached on whether to allow 18 homes to be built on the former Wemple property. Local residents are sending an email to officials to ask for a Dec. 7 meeting with JCP&L President Don Lynch and others to get answers about the response to Hurricane Sandy. The township responded to the lawsuit filed by T-Mobile concerning a 130-foot cell tower, saying that many of the allegations by the cellular company are false. Spring break could be cut if more snow days are needed for the rest of the year, but right now, the board is looking at eliminating some of Presidents' Day weekend, with a final decision to be made Nov. 27. The board opted to leave …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
They want answers about the lack of response to widespread power outages.
With 600 Facebook group members, 150 signers on the Bridgewater petition and 250 signatures on the state-wide one, residents are taking one more step to get answers from JCP&L about the response during Hurricane Sandy. Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye started the petition in Bridgewater to get JCP&L out of the town, and also began a Facebook group to join together people unhappy with the power company's response. Now, Limaye has taken the next step by sending out an email to request a meeting to get answers on management and future plans from the head of the power company and other officials. Limaye said she recently distributed an email to all members of the Facebook group, encouraging them to contact Gov. Chris Christie, JCP&L …
Monday, November 12, 2012
There are already 137 signatures on the petition to get utility company out of Bridgewater.
There are already 137 signatures on the petition created by Sunset Lake resident Neha Pallod Limaye to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater—and now she is looking to initiate a meeting with the governor and JCP&L president to get some answers. As of Friday, Limaye said, most of the residents of Sunset Lake had power restored, with the last home getting power back Monday afternoon. "There were a couple people left because of some issues, and the last person was up and running today," she said. "I am not sure about the rest of Bridgewater, but I did hear some people here and there say there were some outages." According to the JCP&L website, there are about six customers still without power, as well as a few without power through PSE&G. Limaye is …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Very few customers remain in the dark after Sunday night's deadline.
Nearly all power has been restored in Bridgewater. Projections from both PSE&G and JCP&L maintained the utility companies were expected to meet the Sunday night restoration deadline. According to JCP&L's outage map early Monday morning, only five Bridgewater customers were still without power. According to figures from PS&G, there were 620 customers without power as of Saturday. A total of 607 were expected to be restored Saturday, and the remaining 13 were scheduled to be restored Sunday. As for JCP&L, their figures state that eight customers were still without power as of Sunday morning, and they are also expected to be restored by the end of the day. Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes posted on the website Saturday evening that he did…