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Answers to Sandy Recovery Questions Not Previously Covered

Response from Tracy Tobin, regarding Hurricane Sandy, addressing some questions in original Patch article, that were not answered before the article was closed to comments.

The Patch Editor closed an article while I was typing a reply to a question about damage assessments made before and during Sandy. (How rude Jason! You know I am a two finger typist and never answer with one sentence when 15 sentences will do.) In any event, responding to HOOKERMAN, I expect that the Township Committee will obviously take citizen input on the storm at Monday Nov. 19th Public meeting. I will also suggest to the Mayor that he schedule a separate meeting, possibly with some of our Legislators present, to discuss how to bring effective pressure on the BPU, Legislature and Governor to force First Energy/JCP&L to address the basic infrastructure inadequecies of our existing power grid. I DO NOT THINK ANOTHER JCP&L DOG & PONY ACT WOULD BE OF ANY VALUE.

To CHRISTINE (?) Duke Energy conducted their own damage assessment, with trained survey crews who give their reports to Professional Engineers who are part of the Duke Disaster Recovery Team on site. I don't know who provided the original assessments. Even Duke's evaluations sometimes underestimated the complexity of some of the restoration situations.

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Hookerman November 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thank you Tracy. Just a suggestion, but you may want to heavily advertise on the township website that citizen input on the storm is being entertained at Monday night's meeting. I would think that many residents would like to attend and provide feedback, and if they're unaware of it, that may cause more angst. Jason, perhaps a headline about this in the patch would help too.
Tracy Tobin November 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Hookerman I will discuss with the Mayor. All the local media are aware of the meeting but it can't hurt to put out a specific reminder. Several people have said they plan to alert their neighbors and word of mouth has aleays been effective in the township.
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