Letter to the Editor: Appreciate Work of Summit's Leaders During and After Sandy

The majority of our frustration lies with JCP&L's antiquated distribution system, outdated technology and lack of available crews, equipment and supplies.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many lessons have been learned.  

First, we know that the city's Code Red Alert System is an invaluable tool for communicating with residents and businesses.  The warnings issued prior to the storm accurately predicted the storm's severity and the eventual problems that were experienced.  After the storm, updates were sent via text message, e-mail and voice message notifying people on the status of integral city services, school closings and power outages.  

Second, city workers led by our Mayor and city administration did an excellent job in planning for school closings, cleaning storm drains, securing essential city buildings and supplies and setting up a shelter and warming station.

No one anticipated the depth and the severity that Sandy would cause us.  Post storm, the city once again did a tremendous job in cleaning up the debris and fallen trees, ensuring public safety by blocking off unsafe areas and assisting people in need.  Our DPW, Police Department, Fire Department and EMS Squads are deserving of praise, not criticism.  Lest we forget that last Wednesday, after the Northeaster and snow event, city streets, sidewalks and parking lots were cleared early in the morning in order to accommodate commuters, businesses and school openings.  And we cannot forget that our sanitation employees still removed trash and recyclables from our homes and businesses.

The majority of our frustration lies with JCP&L's antiquated distribution system, outdated technology and lack of available crews, equipment and supplies. This was addressed with them last year by Governor Christie after Irene and the October 29, 2011 snow storm.

Overall we were very fortunate.  110 people died as a result of the storm, mostly in New York. In times of crisis we need to be appreciative and grateful for the work of our fine city employees.  

Mark Giangiulio,

General Manager

Grand Summit Hotel

Robert Steelman November 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The power utility's representative told Common Council at a recent meeting that its distribution system and practices are up to "industry standards". That statement needs to be tested. The public should know if their power system is too fragile due to deferred reinvestment and mismanagement. Did the utilities response fail to meet this challenge within "industry standards". Are those standards adequate today?
Lori November 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I have heard from neighbors that at the height of the storm aftermath, when cold residents needed places to stay, the Grand Summit held strictly to a 3 night minimum rule. Is this the case? If so, it is deplorable and you'll never have my business again.
sosummit November 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
So you put in print something you heard from "neighbors'" but don't have first hand knowledge. Nice Way to trash a business. You probably lost power and not much else, and represent the outrageously outraged members of our community. You are the poster child for what is wrong with summit.
Mom In the dark November 19, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Sosummit, I think you are missing Lori's real point in her post. Sounds to me like the Letter written by the Hotel's GM is as self serving as his 3 night minimum.. (which was actually true). The 3 night minimum is just a different version of price gouging. How about opening up the Hat Tavern as a warming station? Serve hot coffee to those in need, not just those in power? Perhaps its you and and the Grand Summit's policies that are "what's wrong with Summit."


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