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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.

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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