I sent this email to the Township Committee on Tuesday. I've heard nothing back yet.
I have two major problems with your handling of the storm to date:
First, JCP&L is lying to you with its list of streets where work is allegedly occurring. And you are promulgating those lies to residents without any apparent effort to confirm what is actually happening. Thus you are apparently not holding JCP&L accountable, which is what I would expect you to do.
Second, I have twice warned you of a matter of dangerous and serious liability for the township in my neighborhood with trees overhanging streets still -- nowhere near powerlines -- just as a nor'easter is coming, and the township has done nothing about it.
Days ago, JCP&L -- and you -- listed a number of streets as in progress. Then those streets were dropped off the list as if they were complete. But nothing has happened on them. They are still powerless.
The streets JCP&L -- and you -- continued to list in the last few days that are near me have shown NO activity whatsoever.
Now JCP&L -- and you -- and listing practically every street with downed wired in the town as if they being worked on.
This is worse than meaningless. It is misleading. It is a lie. At a minimum, I would expect you to use just one city employee to verify what JCP&L is feeding you and you are feeding us. I would expect you to hold JCP&L accountable for the promises it makes and breaks. I would expect you to make some effort to give us accurate information.
We have a right to accurate and complete information at a minimum. Anything less is an insult given everything we are going through. Home in my neighborhood are now falling below 48 degrees. They are uninhabitable. Yet families are in them.
As for the dangerous situation in my neighborhood, on Deer Ridge Road, a day and a half ago, I disputed your assertion in your updates that township crews had removed every tree possible, every tree that was not touching a powerline. I informed you that there are trees on Deer Ridge that still overhang the road, presenting a serious danger of coming down on residents -- especially as another serious storm approaches. Nothing has happened.
Here are photos of a few of those trees: https://plus.google.com/u/1/105076678694475690385/posts/BJsPDDE99yk
Let me note that as far as I have seen, the township has done *nothing* for Deer Ridge Road and the streets around it. My neighbors banded together with chainsaws -- and not inconsiderable personal risk -- to clear streets to enable us to get out. The township was informed *multiple* times of the danger presented by a downed utility pole blocking the road that prevented the township's own police and fire department as well as the gas company from getting access to a severe gas leak behind that pole. This also would have prevented police, ambulances, and fire from reaching any of us -- including some trapped seniors -- in the event of an emergency. We were told that JCP&L was being called to move that pole. But *nothing* happened. Finally, someone else went to the risk of moving that pole so we could at least be freed -- no thanks to Bernards Twp.
We have been orphaned by you. We have received no services from you. You have prevented the police from being able to protect us; they had to run a quarter mile from that pole to respond to emergency reports.
The street still stands in danger -- and thus the township still faces dangerous liability.
We still do not have *any* reliable information on what to expect.
I think one week without power, without services, and without reliable information defines patience. My patience is now utterly drained.
I expect you to give us reliable information.
I expect you to hold JCP&L and other utilities accountable for their service to us.
I expect you to fix the dangerous situation on our street.
I expect a reply, which I did not receive after my prior notice to you.