Summit Recovery Report, Nov. 7: Mayor Talks FEMA Visit, Efforts With JCP&L (Video)

Mayor Ellen Dickson invited residents to call her at City Hall and said the city is doing everything it can to bring back power.

Residents of the City of Summit have been receiving regular afternoon updates about storm recovery efforts since last week. Here is the latest, from Wednesday, Nov. 7:

This is a message from Summit Mayor Dickson with an update on the storm event.

I want you to know that all efforts are being made on your behalf to fully restore power to our community. I have personally been in contact with the Governor, Lt Governor, Congressman Lance, Assemblywoman Munoz, and am conducting a field survey with representative from FEMA today. We have also had numerous daily phone contacts with officials at JCP&L including their CEO to have all necessary resources sent to our community to assure power is fully restored.

 You may feel free to contact me directly with any concerns at (908) 277-9420.

A sheltering facility is located at the YMCA and a warming/charging station and showers are available there between 5:30 am-10:00 pm.

 The Summit Community Center at 100 Morris Avenue is open as a warming and charging facility with Wi-Fi between 8 AM to 8 PM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 Normal recycling pick up is scheduled for tomorrow; however, we ask that you wait until tomorrow morning to place recyclables at the curb to avoid any damage from this evening’s impending storm event.


Calvary Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, continues to serve breakfast at 8 AM, lunch at 12 noon and dinner at 6 PM.


SAGE is in need of donations for Meals on Wheels for our elderly and disabled shut-ins. The list of items is available on the city’s website.

There is bus service to New York City from Summit; information is on the City’s website.  Rail passes are being honored. Bus passes are available at Garden State News on Beechwood Rd.

 Please check the city website at www.cityofsummit.org as information continues to be updated; again, that’s www.cityofsummit.org

 I understand that this is a trying time for everyone who continues to be without power. Thank you very much for your continued patience


Brian Homa November 08, 2012 at 09:07 AM
In case anyone missed it, that number is (908) 277-9420. After a week and a half of negligence and misinformation, we don't have the luxury of granting these officials the benefit of the doubt,
Concerned Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
But Miss Mayor, I spoke to you early yesterday morning. The morning of Wednesday, November 7. During that call you told me you felt it wasn't your responsibility to call JCP&L. And that it was against Gov Christie's wishes. So who are we to believe? Now that you have told us what you have done to validate yourself, why don't you share with us the plan of action. Now that you have covered your hide by posting in "the Patch" everything you have done for us, what's the result? Day 10 without power. Sure the kids are back in school. Who is that satisfying? The kids are getting a 3 hour tease of a curriculum that amounts to daycare and coming home to cold homes. So what? The kids are in school-Summit looks to the Governor likes its back to normal. Should I stop by with coffee and to wipe your brow? Thanks for all your selfless service.
summit resident November 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Translation - a week and a half later with more than half the citizens out of power and tempatures dropping below freezing your action is you talked with the lt gov. FEMA, and rep from JCP&L and are just now going to do a "field survey" - thanks my toddlers feel warmer already! Here are two simple question when will we get power and why do towns like Millburn who had more widespread power outage get power back in 3 days (ref: http://nj.gov/nj/home/features/spotlight/20121103_JCP&L.pdf)
R. Keyes November 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
One of the earlier posts that I read mentioned not seeing any power company trucks (JCP&L or otherwise) in Summit. I agree. I have been staying in Chatham the last week and have seen many power trucks from other states helping out (at night as well). Why are they not in Summit? Our mayor's responsibility is to our town; its not as though the mayor is involved with foreign policy or tax reform - the job is for Summit.
Sandra November 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Summit Mayor Dickson for re - election - i will gladly talk to anyone during your emergency - please hold....
Chefron November 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
At this point, I want power restored if for no other reason than to not have to listen to the a** covering BS coming from the mayor. Hidden message in all of this "if anything goes down this is what I've been doing!" What a transparent phony. Glad you've now decided to get busy, but curiously missing in all of this is what these conversations produced. What committment you've gotten from any of them. Well, I guess the ball is in their court now.
T Durden November 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM
...cya..cover you @$$.....it's the name of the game for incompetents..your doin a good job brownie..uh i mean dickson....can we see the call logs over the past 10 days...they are holding school when 2 schools don't have power?...combining schools that are already overcrowded?..that might be innovative but are these kids be taught anything?... your doing a good job brownie.. uh dickson...
R. Keyes November 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Just contacted the mayor's office to find out about my street (there is a JCP&L update on the Summit website). What a shame that the office could not just take my street name and reviewt their list. First, they questioned my intellect as to where I saw the list and to actually prove to them that my street was not on the list. Do you believe this?
T Durden November 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
...it's time to blame you, the person without power...why are you bothering the mayor...she is doin gods work...you're doin a good job brownie..uh never mind...im outtie..
R. Keyes November 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM
To file a complaint against JCP&L - go to this web site: http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/inquiry.html
Concerned Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
It's interesting that the mayor's deficiency has truly come to light at a time when most of us have been in the dark. It behooves her to get the lights back on quickly so that we can all get back to more mundane tasks like working to pay our ridiculous taxes. There is an island off somewhere without utilities, just mother nature, perhaps that's a place to set your political sights on. At least you know you won't have to deal with any utility companies or a bunch of "locusts" (so stated elsewhere by your loyal supporters) demanding some action.
Henry Espinosa November 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Its been 111 days for 2000+ Households / Voters without power. 2000+ Votes for your next opponent. Results matter period, forgive me for my frustration.
Lori November 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I have lost all hope. I don't know what to tell my children. This will never end.
Brian Homa November 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
It might be time to take this live. March on City Hall. I was fortunate enough to escape this last storm but I will need to return to home and work eventually.
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Well Mayor you lied again. Sitting here in a dark driveway looking at a dark house. Next time you cobble another video together overnight look into the camera so we can watch your eyes dart around as you lie. Can't wait to see what you post tomorrow, and what lies will come then. Will you be around this weekend to help us stay warm? Oh that's right you keep Town Hall hours. Remember everyone... deduct per diem from your real estate taxes since our cold homes are uninhabitable without heat and hot water. But remember the kids are back in school tomorrow-3 hours when they will be warm.
Concerned Taxpayer November 09, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How is it that all of Downtown Summit, including the Taj Mahal. (Town Hall) has power?
Brian Homa November 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The downtown power lines are underground, and thus are not susceptible to storm damage. (I asked this question myself when I called Town Hall and was satisfied that it wasn't a conspiracy)


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