JCP&L Has Not Met Their Restoration Timeframe, Mayor Says

New target for complete power restoration in Morristown is Saturday, Tim Dougherty says.

To the Editor:

The current weather system will increase in severity over the next 3-5 hours. Please be cautious, stay away from down wires, trees and poles and stay off the road as much as possible.

At this point JCP&L has not met it's 10-day time frame for power restorations. With the current weather system and recent accidents in town, a half to a full day of restoration efforts have been lost. We expect JCP&L to continue all efforts beginning again tomorrow (Thursday).

I hear and understand the frustrations of those residents that remain without power. It is important to know that we are pushing JCP&L for power restoration times. In the most recent communication with the JCP&L President, the new target for complete power restoration is the evening of Saturday, Nov. 10.

As information becomes available, I will continue to post on the town website, send out Nixle advisories, and update the Morristown Information line at 973-796-1911.

Timothy P. Dougherty
Mayor, Morristown

Lindsay Koval November 08, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Does JCP&L face any fines/repercussions for missing target deadlines?
The Mud Lady November 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Well, I know that picture is not of them working on my street. In fact, it may be from a couple of years ago.
Bill November 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Tim – I live in Spencer estates and am still without power. I pay a tremendous amount of taxes to support Morristown schools and have not bitched since I’ve lived here – please do something quickly with JCP&L as this is ridiculous.
John Dunphy November 08, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Bill, are those on either Spencer Drive or Spencer Place? If so, you're in Morris Township, not Morristown. You would want to reach out to their Township Committee, www.morristwp.com.
Disappointed in Morristown November 08, 2012 at 12:02 PM
We actually had Ohio Edison come to our house yesterday and tell us that the power lines were not on "our" property (but 2 doors away) and then they left AFTER DOING NOTHING.
Morristown Resident November 08, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Mr.Mayor, Perhaps its time for Morristown to take ownership and invest in and own its electrical infrastructure much like Madison NJ has done. Albeit this will be costly but what price do you put on our community's livelihood; the people who live, work and own businesses in town. If nothing is done, you can be sure there will be an exodus along with the revenue.
Nancy Helterman November 08, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Ten-plus days of no power compounded by increasing cold is a wearying experience. We are getting better at it, but this does not feel like a good thing...I hope we are nearing the end of this siege!
AJ November 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
the majority of businesses have power and had power from day 1..never lost it..that made morristown's leadership complacent, "lights are in in morristown, come shop, eat, we're open for business" meanwhile 3 blocks from town, darkness!..this letter should have gone out about a week ago..at least! the little people (residents) have only one method to voice their displeasure..elect a new govt next election.. i bet if you put a sign in your front yard saying "free beer for light" you will get better results than what we have seen so far
Motown Resident November 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Let's leave the 1960's and required all utilities to bury all wires. Yes, it will be painful, but it will prevent this problem from occurring again. It will also greatly improve the look of our town and perhaps even satisfy some of the gadflies. I'm still out of power and my patience is wearing thin.......................we need to work on our infrastructure.
Beverly R. November 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Is that how Madison got its power back so quickly? How can Morristown/Township do that? We have been at a hotel in South Jersey for 9 days and it's getting pretty expensive, but we're elderly and handicapped and had no choice. BeverlyR
Margret Brady November 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The problem with the utilities began when then Gov.Whitman responded to the lobbists for out of states utilitiy companies and NJ changed its laws and sold our public utilites to the highest bidder. She convinced the public that with more competition, our cost would go down. All that was reduced was the level of service. As the hige\hest bidder tha first thing the Ohio company that now owns JCP$L did was reduce costa in any way they could. Fewer employees, less service, less equipment and minimal maintenence.We got what we paid for. This is not a local problem, it is a matter for our state government to return to the former public utilites laws that gave them more control. Sometimes regulations and controls can be a benefit.
JEK November 08, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I feel for all the people there in Morristown. First Energy is also our service provider in NE Ohio. Margaret Brady and Morristown Resident may be onto something. The city owned utility in Cleveland did a great job restoring power much quicker than FE. While the damage was more confined here than there...where there was damage it was severe. Plus NJ had 200 linemen from this area initially. One thing that has helped here is an aggressive tree trimming and tree removal program. Might demand FE do that. it has cut down on our power outages every time the wind blows.
JEK November 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
This was in Today's Crain's Cleveland Business. See. it's our fault: we are not using enough electricity and we are not paying enough, Nice to know as you sit in the dark. FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has reported a 20% drop in third-quarter earnings on lower revenue than a year earlier. The Akron-based electric company said its net income in the quarter fell to $425 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, from $530 million, or $1.27 a share, in the third quarter of 2011. Revenue at FirstEnergy declined 8.5%, to $4.3 billion from $4.7 billion. In commenting on the results, FirstEnergy president and CEO Anthony J. Alexander said in a statement, “We are taking a number of actions to manage our expenses and ensure that we are operating as cost effectively as possible in light of the continued weak sales environment and low market prices for power."
Martatown November 08, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Tim- If you think the power companies missed their target, wait and see what happens with NJT and the Morris Essex line. Not even an estimate has been given as to when that will be back. Who's in charge of pressuring NJT? This line is a big contributor to the success of the towns that are on it. Who wants to live where there is a month long outage to train service?
Ken Gustavsen November 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
How to get the attention of First Energy / JCP&L president Tony Alexander and other top leadership: 1. Suspend their pay. 2. Provide them a number to call to ask when they will get paid. Offer only a voicemail recording that tells them their pay will be deposited as soon as possible and that the delay is due to a once-in-a-century problem that is being fixed.. 3. Provied them with a website to log their late pay. Once they enter their details, have a message pop up saying "Our records indicate that you have already been paid." 4. Update the website to state that many of them might be paid by a date 2 weeks in the future. However, some might be paid sooner, some might be later - you just never know. 5. With further complaints, reiterate that the delay in their pay is due to a once-in-a-century event, even though this is the 3rd time it has happened in just over a year. 6. Return to step 2.
Martatown November 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
You actually get paid more if your union and work slower. Slower = more overtime. There's no incentives given to get the jobs done faster. How about an incentive for beating the projected finish date?
Motown Gentleman November 09, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Pretty please, with sugar on top...now turn my f@!*ing power back on! Corner of Morris and Ford. Everyone has power around us! Totally forgotten. Out since the beginning.
Allison Fox November 09, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dear Mr. Mayor, My Mother lives on Wetmore Ave. in Morristown.  In fact, she is your neighbor and lives only a few doors down from you.  While I fully appreciate the profound damage caused by hurricane Sandy, I can no longer understand why she is only one of five homes on your street that still does not have power.  I've heard multiple accounts by Morristown residents of various out of state power companies canvassing the city helping to restore power to homes that are still without.  I realize that you do not have control of JCP&L, but can you explain to me why none of these out of state companies have gone to Wetmore Ave. offering assistance?  Furthermore, why can JCP&L not even give her a timeline as to when her power will be restored?    Mr. Dougherty, you are not only the mayor of Morristown, you are my Mothers neighbor.  I am pleading with you to help her as well as the other tax paying voters on your road.  No one caused Sandy, but how we pick up the pieces and whether we choose to help our neighbors or turn a blind eye will ultimately serve to define who we are and what we are made of.  I in no way begrudge you your warm well lit home, I only ask that you, as a public servant, a neighbor, and a good man, help those around you who look to you in times of need.  Please restore my fractured faith and help your neighbors. Yours kindly, Allison Fox, MD allisonmariefox@gmail.com November 8, 2012
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