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Summit Mayor Makes Emergency Call to JCP&L (Update: 6p.m.)

Ellen Dickson shares updates with the community ahead of another storm expected to hit the region.

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(Update 6p.m.): According to the latest post on Mayor Dickson's Facebook page, she concluded another call with the president of JCP&L about an hour ago. She said that the company will not be able to provide a street-by-street power restoration assessment. That level of detail from the utility is "not happening," she wrote. The president of the utility has told her that "all will have power back by Saturday." 


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Mayor Ellen Dickson made an "emergency call" in to Jersey Central Power & Light this morning, according to a status update on her Facebook page.

"Please go to my website ellendickson for a new update," she shard with her over 1,300 Facebook followers. (You can follow her official mayor's Facebook account, here http://www.facebook.com/mayorellen.dickson ) 

She offered the following timeline, which appears on her website:

  • Today, November 7th: 11 customers;
  • Tomorrow, November 8th:  956 customers;
  • Friday, November 9th: 19 customers;
  • Saturday, November 10th: 393 customers.


Meanwhile, there are still over 2,000 residents without power in Summit, many going on their ninth day in the dark following Sandy's massive blow to the city.

One resident has even expressed her frustration with the delay by creating an online petition. The organizer, Amy Feng, has been encouraging residents to leave comments for statewide politicians like Gov. Chris Christie's Facebook page as well as local. "Send emails to Mayor Dickson edickson@cityofsummit.org and plea her to deliver the Petition for us," she writes. 

According to the petition, Feng is "dissatisfied with the power restoration process in our community and the communication regarding the same." The petition has close to 250 signatures so far.

Still, City officials and the Mayor seem to be doing all they can. "I have been making calls last night and this morning," Dickson continued in a recent Facebook post. "Congressman Lance is looking into getting more linesmen into the area. I have left messages with the Gov. and Lt. Gov.

I put in an emergency call to JCP&L . I have anecdotal evidence of crews on Passaic, Fernwood. The Police will give me a report at noon of where they have spotted crews."

Mayor Dickson continues to update the situation on her website.

The following is from the mayor's website ellendickson.com:

As of this hour, the JCP&L website reports 2,140 customers without power, or 23% of all Summit customers. Click here to find the info on their site.

Here are the restoration estimates made yesterday, November 6th, 2012 at noon by JCP&L:

  • Today, November 7th: 11 customers;
  • Tomorrow, November 8th:  956 customers;
  • Friday, November 9th: 19 customers;
  • Saturday, November 10th: 393 customers.

Total: 1,379 customers. This info was extracted from this download. According to this data, that would leave 761 still without power as of Saturday, or a bit over eight percent of customers.

There has been some discussion concerning neighboring towns having had power restored faster than Summit. Below please find data from the JCP&L site as of just a few minutes ago which shows comparative data from neighboring towns.

DescriptionSummitMillburn (JCP&L)SpringfieldChatham (township)New Providence Customers Affected 2,140 2,371 2,001 1,545 1,332 Customers Served 9,217 8,054 7,413 4,428 5,204 %Customers Affected 23% 29% 27% 35% 26%


Henry Espinosa November 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
"Dickson won her mayoral bid with 1,954 votes, or 39 percent of votes" I wonder how many of the 1,954 Summit residents who voted for Ellen are still without power after 10 days and will vote for her re-election?
Another summit taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Is there anyone happened to find JCP&L workers working on those streets published by the mayor today?!
Abbey Road November 08, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I have very limited access to connection but did see Jcp&L trucks on Morris Ave today near the apts by Oratory. I had a friend read the list of streets to me over the phone and my neighborhood - Colony, Manor Hill, Crestwood and Glen Oaks - was not even on the list! We need honest communication from our local government NOW!
Concerned Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
We saw one truck today, after all the emergency phone calls and fuss the mayor supposedly dusted up. And as for the magical list that appeared after 11 days, what happened to the half of Bedford Road that has been without power for 11 days now? Are we supposed to just wait around until Thanksgiving wondering when power will return? What do we tell the children who are cold in their beds at night? What do we tell our elderly parents? We should all be calculating a per diem credit to ourselves for each day our homes in Summit has been unlivable due to the present conditions brought about not by the hurricane, not by the nor'easter, but by the lack of a backbone in city hall.
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 12:00 AM
That would be a credit on real estate taxes.
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
...so there are a several poles that are broken or damaged in a ahort span on oak ridge...seems unrealistic that they will fix or repole all by sat or sun....highly doubtful since they have barely assessed the location...i've seen the utility take over 48 hrs just to figure out how to repole in another town...just sayin
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 12:29 AM
...i need another code red ....did you order that code red mayor...did you order that code red mayor!!....damn right i did ...you don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me as your mayor!!! you need me as your mayor...sorry couldn't help myself with the few good men reference... but hey, you're doin a fine job brownie.....back to project mayhem.
lineman November 09, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Well can't help with the local government issues but the out of state company I'm employed with has been deployed there late this afternoon. I can't give u a projected date bc we have no idea the real extent of the damage. I know alot of ppl will have power tomorrow. Fyi we the worker have no control over where we are sent to work we just come to help. We will give you ppl everything we have to get your power restored.
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Lineman... you have told us more in one post than we have heard from our elected official in 11 days. "We will give you people everything we have to get your power restored". How'd you like to be our Mayor? Thank you in advance for all of your help.
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Lineman, Which utility do you work for?
sosummit November 09, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Diane Klaif is the only person on this thread who makes sense. A substation was destroyed by a hurricane of immense proportions, and Ellen Dickson is at fault because that caused extended power outages. She doesn't have power either, and has been tirelessly working to keep the public informed, provide services and keep after jcp&l. To say she recently started pressing them is insane. People in neighboring towns are not faring ant better. Lay off the elected volunteers and realize that you malcontents represent what is wrong with our entitled society. You have lost power for an extended period, but you probably still have your homes and all your important possessions. Put things in perspective, and consider yourselves lucky.
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Thanks for your comment, SoSummit.
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Guess Diane has a loyal supporter too. To quote a previous contributer...go Brownie. Don't remind us of storm details as we are the folks who are cold without power, heat and hot water without second homes and hotel rooms to escape to. We are fully aware of the storm damage and have only questioned the level of truth and sense of urgency and lack of communication present in the town where we pay our exhorbitant taxes that actually also pay for representation of local government. And no thanks on the invite to the Football Game-we are all freezing our a**es off and don't want to spend our weekend outdoors freezing a little more.
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM
....here come the mayor's surrogates....go back under your rock....if you are friends with the mayor good for you...no one on this thread has blamed her for the storm...what she is being called to task for is her utter failure of leadership from communicating accurate information to advocating for the citizens of this town when dealing with the electric monopoly...if the substation is the mitigating issue why not explain it to us like a responsible town official...btw is this the substation on franklin pl? ... anyone been over there and witnessed Herculean effort to restore it the past 11 days?...anyone.... what about the dozens of poles and transformers that are down where no one from the monopoly has looked at? ... are those impacted by the substation...is are mayor even asking the monopoly these type of questions? has she seen first hand the monopoly fixing this substation? ...or is she just parroting the monopoly press releases...i was told by the monopoly my power would be restored by last Sunday... then this weds.. now ether sat or Sunday ... in the meantime not one of a cluster of poles, transformers , and lines have been touched down the street...endless code reds with no tangible information over 12 days powerless,cold days are unacceptable on any level...you have every right to defend your friend the mayor...the remaining citizens of this town are starting to question what did mayor is actually doing after 11 days...
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
.should we demand to see the call records to the monopoly ? should we demand to have the next call with the monopoly open to the public sober can hear her first hand put the pressure on? can we have a councilman come out publicly to say they were on these calls and detail the accts? oh wait they are all in the same political party ..checks and balances...but hey... you're doin a good job brownie.....to the out of state utility employee, thank you for the post...
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Woodland Avenue was on that list yesterday and I drove up the street after work and it was as dark and cold as the inside of my home. Who else's street was named yesterday and did not have power return? Lets see I will pay my taxes today, no tomorrow, maybe Tuesday, or maybe Friday, maybe Saturday. Maybe 2 weeks from now...it's going to be a LONG weekend and we all know Town Hall will be closed as soon as banker's hour strikes today. And we will all still be without power or representation.
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 12:14 PM
..to Camillo h. Smith, i'm interested, what warrants a thank you to so summit's comments..i read no facts in the post ..are you making a political statement or confirming the opinions stated by so summit
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Diane... if you really want to help call your BFF up and tell her to get some new info up on all her websites for today, November 9. Day 12. Summit.
T Durden November 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
..sosummit..elected and volunteer are mutually exclusive in this case... yes it's unpaid .. it's not volunteer..a person makes a conscious decision to run for mayor after running for freeholder...or running for whatever political office...please
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Oh and that other wonderful bastion of community news, The Alt Press has Latest info re: Storm Recovery dated November 7. Guess thats because there hasn't been any recovery to report.
Shirley michael November 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Couldn't agree more. Someone should be held accountable and the board of public utilities should get answers. In this day & age 10days to restore power is totally unacceptable. Wonder how long it took to discover electricity.
Summit Dad November 09, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Did anyone know that First Energy/JCP&L CEO is going to play golf in Arizona while our kids in NJ freeze? Don't believe me - check out this from their website. The wonderful conference in Arizona includes all kinds of fun family activities. Please urge him to skip the golf and come to our town and help! https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/fecorp/newsroom/news_releases/firstenergy-president-and-ceo-anthony-j--alexander-to-participat0.html
Robert Steelman November 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Council night can’t come soon enough. The lights will be on and it will be very warm. It’s the big time disasters that bring out the best and worse characters. When the power comes back to all of Summit there will still be places of darkness. Identifying problems that can and should be addressed is worthwhile work. Attacking your neighbors during a crisis produces nothing.
Bobby November 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Nancy Munoz should be required to attend the city council meeting too. Where are our state representatives?????? I still have no power as we approach the 2 week mark.
AG November 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Robert Steelman November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The former Mayor seemed to get more than his fair share of supporters with their Caps lock on.
AG November 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Dear Council Members Rob Rubino, and Tom Getzendanner, Hi! Maybe you don’t remember me, but I live in your Ward in summit. As you know, it has been 13 days and Fernwood Road still doesn’t have any power. I know you know where Fernwood is, because when you were running for office, you found it in order to come and ask for my vote. I can understand you were busy for the first few days of this blackout, but two weeks later, and you still could not bring yourself to knock on my door? Send me an email? Leave a note at my door just like you did when you were running for office? Here is a hypothesis: Mayor Dickson is a neighbor of Fernwood, she told the power company to fix her house, (and your Ward) last so it would not look bad for her and so she could keep telling people that she doesn’t have power either. What do you think? By the way, from what I understand, Mayor Dickson has been at the Summit Grand for the black-out so it may not matter to her what happens in your Ward. I am not expecting miracles. I know there are a few other streets that are still dark. But really, in all this time, couldn’t you have least come by once to check out the people who live in your Ward? Even just to ask if there on newborns on the street, elderly folks, people who might be ill? You sure did not hesitate to come by when you wanted my vote.
T Durden November 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
...but hey those parking lots are almost done...7-0...6-1...the grand summit?...haha thats this summit council's staging area...they are toasting a job well done at the hat tavern...comical...you raise excellent points...hope you get power back today...
T Durden November 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
...his name was robert steelman....his name was robert steelman...
Kathleen Wagenbach November 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Maybe sosummit sounds a bit more rational than you. Just saying.... You seem to have a vendetta vs. our mayor. Think about the people who lost so much at the shore.


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