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Tonight's Council Meeting to Focus on Power Restoration Problems

City Administrator Chris Cotter will give a presentation about Office of Emergency Management efforts in the wake of Sandy.

Tonight's council meeting will have one major focus, according to council members and Mayor Ellen Dickson: power restoration problems. Expect a full house when the meeting kicks off at 7:30p.m. Residents will have a chance to address the 2-week power outage, as well as efforts to deal with Hurricane Sandy and its immediate  aftermath.

"We're devoting at least the first 1 1/2 hours to a presentation by Chris Cotter, our Office of Emergency Management Coordinator," said Common Council President Rich Madden, who was recently elected to another term in an uncontested election. "There will also be a representative from Union County present," he said. 

For a look at the agenda, click on the PDF link attached to this article.

Laura Smith November 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I live in Southridge Woods Apts. Last year after "Irene" I was without power for 3 weeks. The storm that followed that, 2 weeks. "Sandy" 10 days no power. What's fustrating for myself & neighbors is that while our entire complex has power, the same 8 buidling on the corner of 522 go without for additional days or weeks. Please, what ever needs to be done on 522 to fix these on going problems, we would appreciate it !! So would our wallets, it get very costly to throw out food after going thru 2 storms in a row for no power for almost a month.
Mom In the dark November 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
How is it that Mayor Dickson still doesn't understand what was wrong with her communication? It wasn't a lack of communication, it was the lack of content! Secondly, in one of the patch articles during the week, Mayor Dickson herself considers ousting JCPL, so how is it that she walks into tonight's meeting without even finding out if its feasible, if its legal? She should have come into the meeting knowing if its possible, rather than saying I don't even know if its legal. She walks into the meeting without that basic information?!
Concerned Taxpayer November 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Agree totally with Mom in the Dark re: the mayor coming to the meeting without so much as a shred of knowledge regarding the feasibility of ousting JCPL. But why does that surprise us? And to the Pro-council resident-don't insult us by telling us that the reason the council members and the mayor were not present around town during the crisis was that they have full-time careers and were busy. They signed on for their positions. They weren't drafted.
Pat Savage November 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I wouldn't believe a word the Mayor has to say or most of the members for that matter. They have lied to our community several times and this won't be the last time. Unfortunately, I don't believe she has the smarts for this job. "Concerned taxpayer" you took the words right out of my mouth, I said the exact same thing last night about their full time jobs. If they can't handle both positions then being a part of the council isn't for them, especially in a time like this. Ellen stated she had hoped that she would make it through her first year without a major incident but that is because she didn't want the town to realize she couldn't handle it. She comes up with these "brilliant" ideas of having our own electric company and then not having anything to back it up. Last year she wanted to cut the police staff and bring in the union county police... this year she wants to buy JCPL's equipment??? You can count on one thing and that is not to believe a word that comes out of their mouthes. Sorry if this offends anyone but it is the TRUTH! Ps. if you saw the council meeting on tv you would see how red the mayors face was... when lying or are embarrassed, you blush!
Chefron November 14, 2012 at 04:23 AM
As much as these threads have brought a lot of us together, to share information and blow off steam, the reality is that that's all it ends up being without action. While I have been extremely critical of the mayor & council's head scratching lack of presence during the past two weeks, I've got to say that I was more than a little disappointed at how few people showed up at last nights meeting to voice their concerns. Out of the 10 or so citizens who addressed the council, only two directly addressed the town's poor performance.. The majority of the people who did attend were loyal long time residents, suck ups, and volunteers who acknowledged and thanked the efforts of every one who pitched in, including several councilman and the mayor herself. All of these people were recognized on a first name basis when called to speak. There was ample opportunity to address concerns, in addition to an NPR journalist who interviewed anyone who had an opinion. Councilwoman Portuondo, the only member who had the good sense to join citizens in the lobby to discuss their concerns, was receptive and open minded. Say what you will about the mayor (and I have), but I'm sure she thought she was walking into the lion's den. She showed up and was prepared to take her lumps. You could almost hear her sigh of relief when the disgruntled never showed.
T Durden November 14, 2012 at 04:41 AM
..its always interesting to see comments get deleted arbitrarily..not a surprise..

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