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Electric Meters To Be Pulled From Barrier Island Homes

Toms River officials want to exercise caution

Jersey Central Power and Light will be pulling all electric meters that connect homes on the barrier island, including the Ortley Beach areas. 

The work is being done because salt water has compromised the electrical system on the barrier island, according to Toms River's website.

This electrical work is being done with caution based on the inspections that were conducted on the barrier island.

Toms River officials say they realize some property owners may believe their electrical service has not been compromised. However, they say, that cannot be verified without a thorough inspection from a licensed electrician.

Toward that end, property owners and/or their electrician will need to apply for an electrical permit that will cover all township inspections and review required under the Uniform Construction Code. 

Based on the large number of applications, the township will be supplementing the staff to review and process these permit applications, according to the website.

Jrzygirl101 December 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Lavallette has there own electric, sewage, water and cable generated in their own boro...that boro is self run.
charlotte December 01, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Just saying it can be done - they are not manufacturing their own power - just have their own grid.
doreen December 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
T R is charging all permit fees. I believe they are out of control and everyone should go yo the council meetings and make a stink. This mayor and council needs a wakeup call soon.
charlotte December 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
(From LaCicero to Christie Dated 11/21/12) "Electrical Distribution System. The Lavallette substation was energized by JCP&L on November 10, 2012 at 5:05PM. Lavallette began distribution to our customers immediately. Safety precautions were taken to insure that damaged structures were not energized. After inspection by licensed contractors, homes are being energized internally at a rate of approximately 50-75 per day."
charlotte December 01, 2012 at 01:28 PM
There are clearly leaders in the respective communities that are working tirelessly for their citizens.
doreen December 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Charlotte i agree, however when this town starts talking about the people and not things i will feel much better.
Lou Quaglia December 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I went to check on my home friday, we now have electric in seaside park (jcp&l)
grace December 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
but they will get the bubble back up
Donna Griffin December 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
charlotte -Lavallette homeowners do not pay their bills to JCP&L. Certainly, there is an arrangement but Lavallette handles their own inspections and damage assessments. More importantly, Lavallette did not experience close to the devastation that Ortley did. After having seen Ortley firsthand, I am not surprised that the meters are being pulled. I am surprised that it has taken this long to do so however. The infrastructure has been crushed there. The last thing they need is a homeowner getting injured when the power does come back. I've been dealing without power and without water to remediate a flooded home. It isn't easy, but it isn't impossible either. Get the insulation, sheetrock, floor coverings and damaged belongings out IMMEDIATELY. You don't need power in order to do that. After everything has been treated for mold (1 1/2 cups bleach to 1 gallon water), it needs to dry out thoroughly. That drying process, unfortunately, is a waiting game. Hopefully at that point, power will be back and the rebuilding phase can continue. It is an awful situation no doubt. But we cannot control the weather and are all dealing with terrible losses. Lessons learned must include a dune structure which can handle a storm of this magnitude in the future. Without that, rebuilding will be a futile effort.
MP Flood December 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
@ Donna Griff,bleach only changes molds color,not kill it. The rest of you Ortlians,This is only the beginning of the fight.We MUST Rise against the Inept Govt.
i don't get it?? December 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
So wait...even if ppl have no problems with their meters, and power HAS been restored, they are still going to remove ALL OF THE BARRIER ISLAND METERS???? Just seems like another attempt to steal money from homeowners by JCP&L and TR.
Jack December 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
ANYONE FROM SSH SEASIDE RESIDENTS LETS GET TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE With a large group, we can invite the media. Start making the town the way it should be before many good people abandon the town due to the neglect of its laws and lack of respect for its people. Close the bars early Enforce the ordinances for noice and health The time is now Contact me LETS MARCH TO CITY HALL AND DEMAND A CHANGE AFTER THE NEW YEAR
tuna stick December 01, 2012 at 05:31 PM
No one could have estimated the damage that has been done, but now that it is done Toms River Township has to work to make things right. Unfortunately, Toms River is governed by an bunch of attorneys ( George Gilmore, et al) that don't give a dam about the people, only their friends and their own interests. All due respect to Mayor Kehaler, but he's way in over his head dealing with these issues. The fact the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management is run by Sheriff Polhemus, is a complete joke. And anyone that doesn't think that the Gilmore crew is not scheming on how to make more money off of all the people that have suffered through this ordeal is naive. A tiger doesnt change it's stripes. But then again these guys have been elected and re-elected every few years. So it's hard to blame anyone but ourselves for the way we are treated.
charlotte December 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Toms River and Seaside Heights need a public advocate to step in to this mess. I would like some assurance that they are working in the interest of the property owners. If they need more help then they need to get it.
Thomas M. Iurato December 01, 2012 at 06:46 PM
It is a good idea to pull the meters and make sure the houses are safe. To charge a fee for the form is, to say the lest a bad idea. The form should be free and home owenrt should be able to down load it from TR web site. The electrical contractor who inspects the house is going to charge us for this service. That is fee enough! The form signed by the electrical contractor with his license # on it should be proof that the house is ready for the meter and electric service. Let's not have us pay twice for the same service.
MP Flood December 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
No,you boot the meter and reinstall.Wait till people figure out they don't know the reading on their meter.Are the bills going to be right?
Ajv December 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
We need more bars! Who needs power? We r partying the dark right now! Beer she's a flowing!!
charlotte December 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
"It is a good idea to pull my meter after a month from my perfectly high and dry electric circuit panel BEFORE inspecting it THEN making me wait ANOTHER MONTH to schedule an inspection" - Said No Property Owner EVER!
cw1234 December 02, 2012 at 03:08 AM
JCPL doesn't know whether your homes electrical system was compromised, hence why it says it needs to be reviewed by a contractor.
cw1234 December 02, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Said the homeowners whom electrical equipment may have gotten wet, and house won't burn down now?
cw1234 December 02, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Why wouldn't they be? When your power comes back in you get billed for what you used.
Ajv December 02, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Still flowing oh yeah man it's dark over here good nuzzing
Ajv December 02, 2012 at 03:44 AM
It's still flowing oh yeah!! But it's pretty dark perfect buzz light
kevinroad December 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
that is not true. they bring in all those resources just like other towns on the island.
jeff k December 02, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Why doesnt "restore the shore" or one of the many so called "sandy relief" charity organizations chip in for permit fees and any other nickel and dime fees we are going to get whacked with? They are all a joke!
Soothsayer December 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Wait until the environazis start telling you you cannot rebuild.
Donna Griffin December 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
MP Flood - Diluted bleach is the preferred method which is why FEMA recommends it as well. Checked with a chemist/mold specialist who routinely provides expert testimony in court cases involving mold infestation. I was advised that salt water, too, acts as a natural anti-microbial. Provided sewage did not come up in the home, a 1-5 mixture of bleach and water is the way to go. DO NOT overbleach by strengthening the solution as it will actually promote mold growth. The water in the dilution is essential for the bleach to do its job. This is a case where more is not better. Areas around the Passaic River for instance have more to worry about in flooding scenarios because of the pollutants in the brackish and fresh water common to the area.
Donna Griffin December 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
A good bit heavy handed to charge for permits when other towns are waiving the fees. Toms River's leadership needs a lesson in public relations.
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 09:47 AM
If it is wet - REQUEST an electrical inspection and pull the meter. My problem with mass pulling of meters is THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH DRY BOXES. This is ridiculous.
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Laughing all the way to the bank joke.

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