Roads Clearing, Power Coming Back, Mayor Says

Friday's midday progress report shows change being made.

Several JCP&L crews are working throughout Washington Township Friday morning, according to Mayor Ken Short.

In his midday update to residents, Short said wires on Bartley Road had been removed Thursday night and the road is now open. Wires in the area of Naughright Road have also been removed, and Patch is being told by residents Cucinella School has also had power restored. One wire does remain down in that area, and it is a "trunk" line from Verizon, Short said.

"It was stated to me, by JCP&L, that as a certain area gains power many other homes will also regain their power," Short said in the updated. "The DPW have spoken to crews throughout the Township and have made them aware of all of the areas that need restoration."

Communications will continue through the Township website, Long Valley Patch, WRNJ radio (1510 AM), Observer Tribune website, Nixle, Twitter, and digital sign boards, Short said.

As of 12:45 p.m. Friday, JCP&L power outage map showed 2,152 residents without electricity. 

Geoff on Zellers November 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Zellers update - according to Duke power - it will be at least 2 or 3 more days until all the needed work is completed - I also understand that the Mayor is in Aruba and the Vice Mayor is also out of town.
Domino November 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
don't bother to call the mayor, he went to aruba. The vice mayor left town also
TBD November 11, 2012 at 03:46 AM
What genius put the restoration message from jcpl on our town site. If the mayor is in Aruba who is walking the town to verify status. I can tell you that west valley brook and Zellers are not up. Considering the wires are still on the road. I have not seen any trucks on west valley brook. This whole process and status are a joke!
Catherine Woelfle November 11, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Zellers is not up and i don't understand how the mayor's message (that we received tonight) can state that power will be restored to our road by 11/10. There are huge limbs on wires, poles snapped in half, transformers blown to pieces. I understand that this was a major disaster and repairs take time but has anybody ( town officials or jcpl) been here to assess before they send out these reports? My main concern is the trees suspended on West Springtown (near Zellers) that are still hanging there just waiting to fall hopefully while no one is driving underneath them.
tracy November 11, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Saw crew on beacon light today. They told me they won't be working the beacon hill (Morris county) portion of the circuit. Got home tonight no activity on the treacherous portion of beacon which still has trees sitting on wires. This crew saw the dangerous and horrible condition of poles hanging across the road but yet the galf blocked riad remains -why is no work being done?!? And now I hear our mayor skipped town? Do I sense a possible recall in his future?
tracy November 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Half blocked road remains. Hard to type in the dark!
jim November 11, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Fairview and Naughright in the Valley STILL DARK the are no words for JCPL
Dick Larkin November 11, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Given JCP&L's disregard for us,I propose that they should give township residents the month of December for free as restitution for what they have made us endure this month. If not, I would propose that those of us that have generators continue to use them as long as possible and not buy their power. In addition, I think all of Washington Townnship's residents should refuse to pay their November bill, led by the Township government itself. The only way to get JCP&L's attention is to hit them where it hurts--in their pocketbook.
Ned Carpenter November 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This is really not about them. They have asked the questions and have been provided little to no information. This is really about two things, a monopoly, poorly managing their business, that doesn't need to provide any customer service what-so-ever to keep its' business and second, a grossly inadequate and failing infrastructure in this country that is getting very dangerous. And that is the larger problem that someone with some guts in Washington needs to address.
Kurt Alexander November 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
No power still on Route 517 between Parker Road area speed trap and Fox Hill. Power on either side of that stretch and no wires down in between. I don't understand why there is no power.
Tom H November 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Sunday morning, day 13, still no power on Mission Road! JC&L website says only 281 households without power in WT, well we're without here! With all the comments about thousands of additional crews coming in the past few days (actually we saw caravans of them heading west toward home along rt 57 last night), I would have thought they'd be visible on the streets still out of power like ours. Although it looks like we have a new pole, there are still wires laying in the street this morning. If the mayor of this town went anywhere when the township needed focus and communication he should resign or be recalled. I'm going to have to believe any talk of him being in a tropical place when something like this is happening is made up.
Domino November 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hundreds of residents still without power today. Someone sent me an email with a recent update from Mayor Ken Short, vacationing in Aruba: "Beautiful day today, tempererature is 89 degrees, light winds from the west. Was up late last night dancing on the tables at Carlos and Charlie's with the locals. Planning a nice round of golf in the early afternoon. Going to work on my tan also. Glad to get away from those whiners in Washington Township".
jim November 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
No way it's 280 Tom I came home late last night and the Valley was dark, a survey of friends from all over the town indicate to me the number is more like 1000. JCP&L management are criminally incompetent or criminally lying I just don't know which. NO RATE INCREASE for 5 YEARS!
sysphase November 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
If JCP&L can't seem to figure out how to maintain their wires, then we need a rebate from them to cover the installation of our own generators. Why not have FirstEnergy cancel their quarterly stock dividend payout (scheduled for this week)? That's around 200 Million dollars, this quarter alone. Maybe that will get the shareholder's attention...
psmithie November 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Domino, is this real!!?? If so, please forward whatever you have to the governor's office, newsroooms, papers, etc. This is outrageous!! Where is the Patch story on the Mayor's trip to Aruba, during the biggest crisis this town has ever seen??? I am truly sickened.....
Dick Larkin November 11, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Given JCP&L's disregard for us,I propose that they should give township residents the month of December for free as restitution for what they have made us endure this month. If not, I would propose that those of us that have generators continue to use them as long as possible and not buy their power. In addition, I think all of Washington Townnship's residents should refuse to pay their November bill, led by the Township government itself. The only way to get JCP&L's attention is to hit them where it hurts--in their pocketbook.
Domino November 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Jason, I think we need a poll: During a crisis, should the Mayor and Vice Mayor travel out of town on vacation?
Jen November 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Still no power on Mt.View Ave. I have called JCP&L every day, twice a day for 2 weeks now and they have told me "by midnight tonight" for the past 3 days. They told my neighbor that they didn't know a transformer was down bc it was not reported- that is BS because I have been reporting it every time I call! There are no words for my frustration and anger! Beyond disappointed
Lharris9 November 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
No power on Fairview Ave even though the list on the Washington Twnshp website says we would have power yesterday. I guess the list is still wrong. On the plus side, crews trimmed trees yesterday so maybe today.
Tom H November 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The line guys from Indiana who were working on restoring Mission Road (and seemed to be making progress with a new pole and putting up new lines) were just told to stop working here and go someplace else. So they just left. So still no power on Mission Road.
sunnyd November 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Jason...sure hope you are not trying to protect the mayor by not reporting the fact that he is in Aruba, if indeed this is true. If this is a real news organization then you must report this..this is a huge story and should not be ignored!!
lvlv November 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Still no power restored to Naughright at Ranney and Squire Hill down to Fieldstone and Bartley including WMCHS.
concerned citizen November 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Mayor & Vice-Mayor were in town hall on Friday
Elizabeth November 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Call President Obama and Governor Christie since they got a lot of political goodwill by making national headlines with all their praise, hand shaking,public crying and promises. I have called Mayor Short in the past when we experienced outages. He did as much as he could. Frankly, if he did go on vacation, who cares since we have the Almighty Obama and Christie.
In_the_dark November 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The mayor left for Aruba shortly after that. Short's last update was Friday, November 9 at 11:41. I believe that Tracy Tobin has posted the only update since then. Unfortunately the JCP & L commitments were not met. I have also heard that the Vice-Mayor is out of town but I did not hear this from as reliable a source as the mayor presently vacationing in Aruba.
Geoff on Zellers November 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Zellers at W Springtown still closed, Duke Energy here again earlier to 'look at the situation' nothing has happened as of 10.45am
Geoff on Zellers November 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Well new poles are going in on Zellers very encouraging
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I don't really care who is sitting in the Governor's or President's office. No mayor should be off on vacation while so much of his town is without power that they are planning to move kids from school to school and things are still so bad that garbage trucks are getting caught in power lines on impassible roads. Many residents are still in the same crises mode as just after the storm. He has not done enough. Not even close. Feeling quite abandoned and very angry. Wish I could go back in time and take back my vote.
Steve Carter November 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Oh come on folks. 1) quit hiding behind screen names 2) The mayor and town council have foregone any payment for several years. Total volunteer effort. Would you have cancelled your scheduled family vacation ? Tracy Tobin will handle things just fine. BTW, we need more volunteers to join the fire dept, LVFAS, Sr. Center, Library, etc, and you that want to bitch about the volunteers on the town commitee are annoying. Come on out and spend your extra 20 hours/week or so helping! 3) Did you vote for King Obama? Do you all know that he is taking the wife and kids to Myanmar for an official 7-10 day visit on Nov 17? Hmmm. What happened to preventing the financial cliff, fixing the economy, and that great leadership skill that 51% of the country said "he da man"?
Geoff on Zellers November 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Came home tonight to power. Zellers still 'closed' at W Springtown but passable. Thank you Jason for providing this communication path. Just going to put on a couple of lights!!!


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