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State Seeks Input From Residents on JCP&L Response

BPU will hold a public hearing in Hopatcong Dec. 18.

Hopatcong residents will have the chance to tell state officials what it was like to be without power for two weeks following Hurricane Sandy when the Board of Public Utilities holds a public hearing on Dec. 18.

The hearing will held at the gymnasium at Hopatcong Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mayor Sylvia Petillo said at last week's council meeting that the meeting is for residents who live in the JCP&L service area. The entire borough was without power in the week after Sandy, and didn't get fully restored until two weeks later.

A BPU announcement about the hearing said the purpose is to “solicit public comments regarding the state of preparedness and responsiveness of the electric distribution companies prior to, during and after Hurricane Sandy.”

Preference for speaking slots will be given to customers of the specific service area, the notice said.

More such public hearings are planned for 2013, the agency said.

Written comments may also be submitted via email to: board.secretary@bou.state.nj.us. Or by mail to: Kristi Izzo, Secretary of the Board, Board of Public Utilities, 44 South Clinton Ave., 9th Floor, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350.

Written comments should reference Docket Number EO12111050 in the “subject” area of emails, or in  the heading of a letter.

The written comments will be accepted until Jan. 31.

Laker December 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
"The entire borough was without power through Nov. 14 following the powerful Oct. 29 storm." This is NOT true!
Laker December 11, 2012 at 04:34 AM
"The entire borough was without power through Nov. 14 " NOT TRUE!
The Watcher December 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
JCP&L meeting Dec 18th HMS If you can't attend the meeting you can send your comments. They are being accepted until Dec 31st
Michele Guttenberger December 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thank You Patch for listing the Date and Times of this JCP&L & Resident Feedback Meeting. Although this meeting was announced at a sparsely attended Council Meeting on Dec 5th, there is nothing posted as of Dec 11th on Hopatcong.org our Borough's official website under "News and Announcements" that notifies, welcomes and encourages Hopatcong residents to attend this meeting that has been set up by JCP&L to get honest feedback. Again, Hopatcong is maintaining its tradition of poor public relations and keeping its residents in the dark regardless of promises they made to us at the Town Council meeting they had in November shortly after the aftermath of Sandy's Downed Power Crisis. Not only do they not walk the talk of their promises they can't even show initiatives to talk the talk.
Green eggs & spam December 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
It was posted on Facebook on the 6th. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hopatcong-Borough/411687212234990?ref=ts&fref=ts and apparently shared by two others.
The Watcher December 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM
It was not posted on the Hopatcong.org website
Michele Guttenberger December 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Ge&s - I glad they kept their agreement of posting info on Facebook as an alternative to when they are UNABLE to post this info on the Town's website. I did not realize that facebook has become not the alternative but the primary announcement site for Hopatcong's important News and Announcements. Maybe in the future the Mayor & Council might consider Instant Messaging on Yahoo as an alternative for Town Council meetings at the Municipal Building.
The Watcher December 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Most people are not home from work between 4-7PM, nice timing. Wonder if the mayor and the OEM office will attend. Will they defend JCP&L? Hopefully after all these meetings the BPU will allow us to choose a company.
nicole December 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
How wonderful the email address just bounced back as not valid!! The amount of time was My grandmother is a resident of Hopatcong for more than 40 years. She live right on the main road in between the Durban Avenue School and the High School. She was without power for exactly 14 days. She lost all of her food. She will not be reimbursed for it as the insurance company has a deductable that is being applied. She did go to the High School a time or 2 to get warm and have something to eat as she didn’t want to leave her dog to long because he is old in age also. Several service ticket were placed with JCP & L because I kept getting a call that her power was back on. Which after a week I finanlly got her to agree to come to my house. Not until the later part of the 2nd week did you see trucks even working. When you finally did the workers were from another state! For the amount that is paid to JCP&L the length of time to be out was extreme. But one thing we are not the "Shore" that is why no one it concerned!!!

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